Camarines Sur Rep. Gabriel Bordado explains support for Bayanihan 2 bill
Camarines Sur Rep. Gabriel Bordado Jr. has differed with the administration on several issues, but not on the Bayanihan 2 bill.
In a Facebook post, Bordado explained his affirmative vote for the measure which seeks to provide more stimulus funds to help the country’s economy and aid it in recovering from the pandemic.
He said he had questioned the granting of additional powers to the President as he believes the latter should focus on the issues at hand, but he would never object to the social amelioration program for low income families who need help in surviving this crisis.
He also said he welcomes the creation of Accelerating Recovery to Intensify Solidarity and Equity, Inc. that is meant to help businesses and industries survive the pandemic.
The country’s 2020 budget should be redirected to focus on health emergency response, he added.
He may have some misgivings about the Bayanihan 2 bill, but overall, he believes the country baldy needs it at this critical stage.
It’s a yes for him!
“WHY I AM VOTING YES TO BAYANIHAN 2 OR AN ACT PROVIDING FOR COVID-19 RESPONSE AND RECOVERY INTERVENTIONS AND ESTABLISHING A MECHANISM TO ACCELERATE THE RECOVERY AND BOLSTER THE RESILIENCY OF THE PHILIPPINE ECONOMY:
Mr. Speaker, there is no denying that this pandemic has forced the world to change its course. Our day to day activities have been altered such that all our efforts are now geared towards responding to this health emergency.
Our planned activities contained in the General Appropriations Act can no longer be pursued as usual. The focus has been shifted to address the issues brought forth by this pandemic.
At the outset, I questioned the granting of additional powers to the president, underscoring the need for our leader to focus on the problem at hand and not to be distracted by matters already handled by various departments and instrumentalities under his authority.
I never objected–and will never object–against the Social Amelioration Program (SAP). It is my conviction that our people, particularly the marginalized ones, must be extended financial and material assistance in order to survive the hazards, complexities, and rigors of the Covid-19 pandemic.
I also welcome the creation of Accelerating Recovery to Intensify Solidarity and Equity, Inc. (ARISE, Inc.) aimed at assisting businesses and industries affected by the pandemic.
In my view, however, Mr. Speaker, we need a reprogramming of our 2020 budget to redirect the focus on health emergency response. The shift in spending priority must not only be contained in another law but must be reflected in the national budget. Moreover, the identification of new sources of revenue necessitates the crafting of a supplemental budget to specify the items where these funds will be spent.
Notwithstanding such misgivings, I believe that the interventions laid down in the proposed measure are badly needed by our countrymen AT THIS VERY CRITICAL STAGE. I am, therefore, voting YES to the passage of the Bayanihan 2 bill,” Bordado posted.