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Bayanihan Act‘s salient features

“Moratorium for all loans including personal, housing, motor vehicle, credit cards falling due within the period of quarantine for a minimum of 30 days without penalties, interests and other fees.

Harry Roque

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To dispel misinformation spread by those who cannot wait for the next elections to install a new President, allow me to reproduce the salient features of the Bayanihan Act that gave the President special powers to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic as prepared by my high school and law school classmate in UP, Dean Ada Abad of the Adamson University Law School:

1. Streamlining of accreditation of test kits;
2. Prompt testing of PUI (persons under investigation) and PUM (persons under monitoring);
3. Compulsory and immediate isolation and treatment of patients;
4. PhilHealth coverage for all COVID-19 treatments;
5. Emergency subsidy of P5,000 to P8,000 to 18 million low income households all over the country;
6. Special Risk Allowance for all public health workers on in addition to the hazard pay;
7. PhilHealth coverage for all public and private health workers in case of COVID19 exposure (ibid.)
8. Cash compensation of P100,000 to public and private health workers who may contract severe COVID-19 infection on duty, and P1 million to public and private health workers who may die fighting the COVID-19 epidemic;
9. Ensure compliance of LGU (local government units) while still respecting their autonomy;
10. Limited take-over with proper compensation of the following if they unjustifiably refuse or are incapable of operating during the COVID-19 crisis, and providing penalties for violations thereof:
• private hospitals
• establishments for the purpose of housing health workers
• transportation for front liners;
11. Enforce anti-hoarding and profiteering measures for food, clothing, medical supplies;
12. Ensure that donation of health products are not delayed;
13. Priority procurement, allocation and distribution of medical goods such as test kits, PPE (personal protective equipment), medical devices (i.e. mechanical ventilators) and medicines;
14. Allocation of these medical goods to COVID-19 referral hospitals;
15. Engage volunteer health workers who shall get compensation and hazard pay;
16. Availability of credit and lower interest rates for production;
17. Incentives to manufacturers/importers of healthcare supplies;
18. Ensure supply chain of food and medicine;
19. Regulate transportation and traffic;
20. Authorize alternative work arrangements for both government and private sector;
21. Additional budget from the Executive Department for DoH, UP PGH, calamity fund, DoLE for the displaced workers, DTI Livelihood Seeding Program, DA Rice Farmers Financial Assistance, DepEd School Based Feeding Program), DSWD Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations, LGU, Quick Response Funds;
22. Use of Special Purpose Funds for COVID-19 response;
23. Move statutory deadlines for filing of any legal document;
24. Moratorium for all loans including personal, housing, motor vehicle, credit cards falling due within the period of quarantine for a minimum of 30 days without penalties, interests and other fees;
25. Residential rent freeze for 30 days without penalties, interests, and other fees;
26. Lift the 30 percent limit on the Quick Response Fund;
27. Report to Congress the amounts, realignment of funds every Monday of the week;
28. Effectivity of these powers is for “three months, unless extended by Congress.”

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