House bid to allot P10B for toilets, roads blocked in Senate – Drilon

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Friday the senate blocked the House of Representatives’ bid to allot P10 billion for the construction of additional toilets and roads.

“Ito ang mahabang diskusyon na nangyari dahil ang ibig ng mga kongresista ay ilagay ito sa pagpapatayo ng kubeta at kalsada habang ang Senado naman ay ipinaglaban natin ‘yung position ng DOT na ito ay tulong sa pamamagitan ng soft loans para doon sa mga maliliit na kumpanya na nagsara o nahirapan sa COVID-19 pandemic,” Drilon said in a radio interview.

“Kasama ang debate sa aming trabaho. At the end of the day, nagkasundo kami kung paano gagastusin ang pera para sa turismo. Hindi po kubeta at kalsada ang gagawin kung hindi ibibigay sa mga manggagawa na natanggal at nawalan ng trabaho at para doon sa mga kumpanya sa tourism industry,” he added.

Drilon reiterated Bayanihan 2 still allocated P10 billion assitance for the tourism industry, with P6 billion alloted as as loanable funds for small tourism players, P1 billion for infastructure, and P3 billion to assist displaced workers.

“Mayroon pong P1 billion para sa kubeta at kalsada,” he said.

The Senate ratified the reconciled version of the P165.5 billion Bayanihan 2 bill, or the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act on Thursday. The Congress, meanwhile, is expected to ratify it on Monday.

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House bid to allot P10B for toilets, roads blocked in Senate