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Defensor: Pandemic not a hindrance to passing relevant bills

Despite the pandemic, a solon from the House of Representatives has pushed for relevant and sweeping measures to provide comfort for Filipinos.

In a recent report, Anakalusugan Party-list Representative Mike Defensor highlighted key resolutions in Congress which includes raising the basic pay for nurses as well as investigation of alleged corruption in government.

“Dito po sa amin sa kongreso ay naitulak namin ang mga napakahalagang batas at mga resolusyon sa mga imbestigasyon na ginagawa natin upang maka-ayos at magkaroon ng ginhawa ang ating mga kababayan, ang sambayanang Pilipino,” said Defensor. 

The solon likewise thanked the leadership under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, while explaining the different initiatives by his office. 

“Ang una po sa lahat dito, ay ang House Resolution 453, na kung saan itinulak po natin ang pagtaas ng sweldo ng ating mga nurses,” said Defensor, adding that the benefits of this measure have already been reaped by our nurses. 

“Pangalawa ho, nagkaroon po tayo ng imbestigasyon na kung saan ang presyo ng ating tubig ay nahinto ang pagtaas,” explained Defensor, pertaining to the P10.8 billion peso fee that the government apparently owed water concessionaires. 

“‘Yung sampung bilyon na dapat nating bayaran ay ito naman din po ay kukunin sa mga nagbabayad sa kanilang metro ng tubig ay hindi na po maiimplementa,” he added. 

Thirdly, Cong. Defensor also noted they were able to push through with some extensive investigation of PhilHealth, wherein they looked into the problem of corruption, resulting in the creation of House Bill 7832. 

“Ang House Bill 7832 po ay pagtatanggal ng mandatory na pangongolekta sa ating mga OFWs. Sa gitna po ng COVID, itinulak din po natin ang pagsasaayos ng distribusyon ng Social Amelioration Program, para mapabilis na mabigyan ng tulong ang ating mga kababayan.”

From the welfare of nurses, to electricity, to water, the SAP distribution, and the repatriation of OFWs, Defensor closed that they are steadfast in pursuing measures that are significantly needed by the populace, the Filipino. 

Topics: House of Representatives , Anakalusugan Party-list , Rep. Mike Defensor , COVID-19 pandemic , House Bill 7832
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