PRRD urged to certify ‘Balik Probinsya’ stimulus bill as urgent
MANILA – On the eve of Labor Day, a lawmaker on Friday called on President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent the measure that would provide incentives to boost the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pagasa (BP2) program as a way to generate more investment and jobs in the countryside.
Camarines Sur representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte said Bill 6970, which establishes a National Action Plan (NSP) for the president’s BP2 program, offers a menu of incentives to encourage investors to relocate or do business in areas that would accelerate the economy. exit the pandemic and help reverse the decades-old problem of urban congestion.
Villafuerte said the presidential approval of HB 6970 will complement the three investor-friendly bills – the Foreign Investment Law (FIA), the Public Service Law (PSA) and the Retail Liberalization Law. (RTLA) – which have been approved by the President. for urgent Congress approval.
“The approval of these four measures will have the effect of channeling business capital to cities and municipalities outside the National Capital Region (NCR) and its adjacent provinces where economic activity and investment are concentrated for decades, ”he said.
Villafuerte said HB 6970 will speed up the implementation of the president’s BP2 program as it offers nationwide township revitalization programs with the aim of finally decongesting Metro Manila and creating more jobs and of self-employment opportunities in rural communities amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the bill builds on public investments and incentives as a “pillar of a two-pronged approach” to encourage people who have migrated to the heavily congested NCR to return to their home provinces, and for those who have chosen to stay in their country of origin. cities or municipalities to stay there.
It also provides for comprehensive, multisectoral planning and a combination of top-down and bottom-up policy interventions that will channel public investment and create incentives for growth in the countryside by encouraging businesses to relocate or expand into rural areas.
The bill, he said, seeks to do this by offering a “package of government measures” such as tax breaks; incentives for relocation and the creation of new jobs; and low-interest loans and financial assistance for investors who will engage in rural industrialization.
With HB 6970, Villafuerte is leveraging public investments and incentives as a pillar of a two-pronged approach to encourage people who have migrated to the heavily congested NCR to return to their home province, and for those who have chosen to stay in their cities or municipalities to stay there instead of relocating to Metro Manila in search of jobs or better livelihood opportunities.
HB 6970 provides for “comprehensive, multisectoral planning and a combination of top-down and bottom-up policy interventions that will channel public investment and create incentives for growth in the countryside” by encouraging businesses to relocate or expand into rural areas .
Honor healthcare workers
Meanwhile, Manila Representative Manny Lopez took a different take on the celebration of the upcoming Labor Day, calling on the public to honor and express their gratitude to all healthcare workers, including agents frontline health workers, who are leading the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. .
Lopez said the government must ensure that the provision of all commitments, allowances and benefits for healthcare workers, as required by law, is met.
Lopez tabled House Resolution 1704 which calls for an investigation, using legislation, into the compliance of public and private entities with providing healthcare workers with all the benefits prescribed by law.
“The health service has long been considered an honorable profession, but in light of this pandemic, we must also underline and underline its value and importance,” he said.
According to Lopez, the National Capital Region’s Department of Health received 7,629 claims from healthcare workers who contracted Covid-19 and only 3,727 of those claims were paid based on data as of April 28.
Out of more than 7,000 complaints, 1,814 complaints would not have been eligible, 796 for evaluation, 99 for verification and 250 as containing incomplete documents.
“In light of this recent outbreak of the virus, our health services have been taxed beyond their limit. The least we can do is honor our commitments and offer them benefits. And that’s why we have to make sure, ”he said. “We call on all of our government agencies and the private sector to meet these obligations. It is our moral duty. ” (PNA)