Garin proposes giving P10K aid to COVID-19 patients under Bayanihan 3

Former Health Secretary Janette Garin and now Iloilo Representative Janette Garin recommended that the give P10,000 to COVID-19 patients under the Bayanihan 3 bill.

“Kapag ikaw ay isaswab. And we actually had a run of this in my district, surveillance testing can actually be charged to the DSWD fund incorporated in Bayanihan 3, that each person who will be swabbed can be given between P1,000 to P2,000,” Garin said.

“If that person turns out positive, ang ibibigay po sa kanya is a minimum amount of P10,000 to P20,000 because in that way, maski po kaliwa’t kanang ayuda ang ibigay, kung patuloy namang dumarami ang ating kalaban eh wala pong katapusan ang pandemya na ating mararanasan,” she added.

Marikina City Representative Stella Quimbo, one of the key authors of the Bayanihan 3, supported Garin’s proposal.

“Napakaganda po ng idea ng ating senior deputy minority leader. I completely agree that testing is very important and making sure that in case an individual tests positive, ang pinakaimportante ano ‘yung susunod na gagawin,” Quimbo said.

The lawmaker said Garin’s proposal would be discussed.

Last week, the P405.6 billion Bayanihan 3 bill was approved by the House committee on appropriations.

Garin proposes giving P10K aid to COVID-19 patients under Bayanihan 3

Ways and means committee chairperson Joey ’s move to push the measure, which he calls a “lifeline package,” was approved.

Under Phase 1 of the proposed Bayanihan 3, a total of P108 billion is allotted for  for all Filipinos, regardless of socioeconomic status.

Another P108 billion is being allocated in Phase II.

The third Bayanihan bill also seeks to assist families affected by COVID-19, the agriculture and fishery sector, wage subsidies for MSMEs, teachers, and overseas  workers.

House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco promised that he would speed up the plenary approval of the proposed Bayanihan 3 that would help the recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

The economic team of the Philippines is looking for additional sources of revenue to fund the Bayanihan 3 or the Bayanihan to Arise As One Act currently pending in .

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