Senate to convene to discuss COVID-19 measures

From May 11, the Senate of the Philippines on committee level to discuss measures initiated by the Executive Department in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.

After 6 weeks since the enactment of the Bayanihan Heal as One Act Law, the Senate of the Philippines approved a motion by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto to probe on the implementations by the Executive Department in response to COVID-19.

Clarifications sought by Senators from the President’s weekly report brought about the inquiry as well as other matters including the social amelioration program.

Given that social distancing is still in effect, the Senate said that it shall observe it rule on hybrid meetings with some Senators joining via teleconferencing.

The Senate added that members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) will be called upon to join the said meetings.

"Anything that the executive department has done. We would like to be briefed,", Senate President Vicente Sotto III said in an interview as presider of the upcoming probe.

On March 12, President Duterte place Metro Manila under community quarantine as recommended by the IATF-EID due to the increasing number of cases. After 4 days, March16, Metro Manila was placed under enhanced community quarantine together with the entirety of Luzon. Movement of individuals were highly limited with the exclusion of frontline workers and the delivery of basic necessities and services.

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