Approved on its third and final reading, a bill that amends the cap on election spending has been approved by the House of Representatives last June 1, 2020.

Approved on its third and final reading, a bill that amends the cap on election spending has been approved by the House of Representatives last June 1, 2020.

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The declaration of a national state of emergency has resulted into the temporary deployment ban on Filipino healthcare workers such as doctors, nurses, and allied health professions. Sen. Joel Villanueva suggests the agencies should tap into the pool of professions and provide them with opportunities locally.

The declaration of a national state of emergency has resulted into the temporary deployment ban on Filipino healthcare workers such as doctors, nurses, and allied health professions. Sen. Joel Villanueva suggests the agencies should tap into the pool of professions and provide them with opportunities locally.

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In a statement made by Senate President Vicente Sotto III, he said that the Department of Health (DOH) should effectively strategize on resources and procedures in hiring contact tracers.

In a statement made by Senate President Vicente Sotto III, he said that the Department of Health (DOH) should effectively strategize on  resources and procedures in hiring contact tracers.

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Two bills were approved at the House of Representatives which includes a supplementary budget for mass testing, support of businesses, financial institutions, and the government infrastructure programs.

Two bills were approved at the House of Representatives which includes a supplementary budget for mass testing, support of businesses, financial institutions, and the government infrastructure programs. 

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House Bill No. 6709 or the proposed “COVID-19 Unemployment Reduction Economic Stimulus (CURES) Act of 2020 authored by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has been approved by the Defeat COVID-19 Committee Social Amelioration Cluster.

House Bill No. 6709 or the proposed “COVID-19 Unemployment Reduction Economic Stimulus (CURES) Act of 2020 authored by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has been approved by the Defeat COVID-19 Committee Social Amelioration Cluster.

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The effects of COVID-19 on the global economy has led to massive lay-offs and work suspensions across the globe. Given that the Philippines is one of the leading countries in terms of labor export through overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the government has been facing the volume of returning citizens to the country. Rep. Arlene Brosas of Gabriela party list cited that the certification from the Philippine Coast Guard has been reported to be a factor of the extended stay of OFWs in quarantine facilities. According to the government protocols for returning OFWs, swabs are taken from OFWs to be processed by the Philippine Red Cross and after which, cleared OFWs would be given clearance to return to their homes in the country. However, complaints have been received that the process takes over months instead of the supposed 14-day quarantine period. House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs Chairperson Rep. Democrito Mendoza also expressed concerns on the additional costs such as lodging on local governments and OFWs’ families given the extended duration of their stay in quarantine facilities. Rep. Mendoza also added there appears to be a disconnect of policies involving the return of OFWs mentioning the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). According to Sec. Carlito Galvez, around 42,000 OFW are expected to return from May to June which would add to some 27,000 repatriated OFWs since the start of the pandemic. Sec. Galvez expressed concerns that quarantine facilities may be overwhelmed given the limited number of existing facilities housing returnees.

Chokepoints in the release of quarantine certificates have led to extended isolation in government quarantine facilities. Legislators criticized involved agencies on the inefficiency of carrying out protocols.

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