U.S. Senate passes $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill
UNTV News • March 26, 2020 • 198
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday (March 25) overwhelmingly backed a $2 trillion bill aimed at helping unemployed workers and industries hurt by the coronavirus epidemic, as well as providing billions of dollars to buy urgently needed medical equipment.
After bitter negotiations, the deeply divided Senate came together and passed the bill by a unanimous 96-0 vote, which sent the massive stimulus package to the House of Representatives, which could vote sometime this week.
President Donald Trump, whose top aides helped negotiate the bipartisan measure, promised to sign it into law as soon as it reaches his desk.
The massive bill – which would be the largest economic stimulus measure ever passed by Congress – includes a $500 billion fund to help hard-hit industries and a comparable amount for direct payments of up to $3,000 apiece to millions of U.S. families.
The package is intended to flood the economy with cash in a bid to stem the impact of an intensifying epidemic that has killed more than 900 people in the United States and infected at least 60,000. (Reuters)
To protect public transport passengers against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), they will be required to wear face shields, beginning August 15, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.
Based on a Memorandum Circular of the DOTr, transport sector leaders are directed to implemented a “No Face Shield, No Ride” policy which will be effective in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).
DOTr Spokesperson Goddes Hope Libiran said transmission is very critical in public transportation.
“Nag-add tayo ng stricter health and sanitation protocol, iyong pagsusuot ng full-face shield sa pasahero (We added stricter health and sanitation protocol which includes wearing full-face shields),“ she said.
Meanwhile, Taytay, Rizal has already released an ordinance on mandatory face shields.
Several commuters, however, raised concerns over additional expenses amid the pandemic. The DOTr said it is better to purchase face shields instead of paying for hospital bills later due to infection. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
In preparation for the opening of classes, the Department of Education (DepEd) will conduct a virtual launch that will feature schools’ localized implementation of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP).
DepEd’s ‘Handang Isip, Handa Bukas’ will be launched on Monday (August 10) where 10 schools of different types nationwide are set to show how they have contextualized the BE-LCP through simulation activities.
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The schools that will participate will include: Navotas National High School, Mangayon Elementary School, Don Ruben E. Ecleo Sr. Memorial National High School, Calay IP School, Malaya Elementary School, Don Luis Hidalgo Memorial School (Rural-Complete School), Sucao ES (Multigrade School), Santiago City NHS (Urban-Medium), Shining Light Academy (Private), and TAGUMpay Palengskwelahan ALS Center (Community Learning Center).
Parents and learners that will participate will also provide testimonies of their experiences during the dry runs.
The program will be livestreamed on DepEd’s Facebook page, government channels, and other regional local channels. AAC
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday (August 4) reported that more than 120,000 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFW) are now back in their respective provinces.
DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that according to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administratio (OWWA), the department has assisted and sent home 122,369 OFWs since May.
“We will not get tired of assisting our returning OFWs, and facilitate their transport to the provinces and be with their families. This is just a small way to repay their enormous contribution to our country,” Bello said.
The labor chief also said that the labor department has almost exhausted the P2.5-billion AKAP assistance fund being extended to both on-site and repatriated OFWs affected by the pandemic. AAC
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