Varied sectors to get aid under Bayanihan 2 -- Cayetano

HEALTH workers, athletes, micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs), overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), teachers and the transport sector were assured of assistance under the proposed law Bayanihan 2.

This is according to Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, one of the principal authors of House Bill 6953 which the House of Representatives has passed on third and final reading.

Cayetano said the bicameral conference committee meeting will be conducted this week so that ratification will be done next week.

“More than just a reaction to the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bayanihan to Recover as One bill is a response to the bigger challenge of remaking our society and spreading the wealth to underdeveloped areas of the country,” Cayetano said.

“We want Bayanihan II to be a living piece of legislation that will empower our industries and revitalize sectors of society that have been decimated by the virus, or were otherwise forgotten and neglected in the past,” he added.

The focus of the measure is also to provide more jobs for the Filipinos who were displaced by the coronavirus pandemiing.

“We have placed public health, MSMEs, OFWs, our athletes, the creative industry, social amelioration, and jobs, jobs, jobs at its center,” he said.

Likewise, the agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing sectors will receive a boost in Bayanihan 2 as these three sectors “will form the spear-tip of our recovery effort and will help put people back to work and revitalize the economy.”

He said while government will lead the way in adapting, innovating, and managing every aspect of the public health and economic crisis, there is a need to aim not just for survival but for greatness amidst tribulation.

Cayetano said Bayanihan 2 is “a huge first step” to recovery and urged Filipinos to cooperate and act as one nation in order to make it work.

“All that the government has done or can do will be for nothing if we, as individuals, fail to do our part,” he said.

He also expressed faith in the Filipino people who he said can find the discipline and spirit of unity that is vital to saving lives and livelihoods.

Addressing frontliners who have been working tirelessly since the pandemic began in March, Cayetano gave assurances that Congress “will continue working and we will do better."