House suspends session for the rest of the week due to COVID spike

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House suspends session for the rest of the week due to COVID spike
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The House of Representatives has decided to suspend its plenary sessions for the rest of the week due to the continuing increase in the number of COVID-19 infections across Metro Manila.

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Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Tuesday said the chamber had come up with the decision to prevent the further spread of coronavirus among House members and personnel.

“Since the start of the year, more than 70 House members and employees have contracted the virus and many others are undergoing quarantine or self-isolation after exhibiting symptoms or having close contact with people who tested positive for COVID-19,” Velasco said in a statement.

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“Despite this, we continue to fulfill our constitutional duty of enacting laws that promote the interests and welfare of our people, while taking restrictive yet necessary measures to create a safe environment for House members and employees,” he added.

During Monday’s plenary session, Velasco said 19 bills were approved on third and final reading. He noted that ten of them are of national significance, including aid for higher education, additional benefits for senior citizens, rural financial inclusion, and tax cut to help the live entertainment industry recover from the impact of the pandemic.

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Velasco said plenary sessions would resume next week, January 24.

“We hope that the COVID-19 situation has already improved by then so we could finish all pending priority measures before we adjourn for the election period,” he said.

The Senate also suspended its plenary sessions for the rest of the week due to the high number of reported COVID-19 cases in the chamber. — RSJ, GMA News

This article House suspends session for the rest of the week due to COVID spike was originally published in GMA News Online.

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