President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs into law the ‘Bayanihan to Recover As One Act,’ also known as the ‘Bayanihan 2’ on September 11, 2020.
What is Bayanihan 2?
The law provides a fund of PhP165.5 billion to aid the government in its ongoing response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and recovery programs. Fund allocations shall be used in major efforts such as additional personal protective equipment (PPE) and compensation for health workers, construction of isolation and quarantine facilities, repatriation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), cash assistance in areas under lockdown, and other subsidies to various sectors
What is in the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act?
GRACE PERIODS FOR LOANS
- 60 days grace period due on or before December 31, 2020
– installments; no interest on interest, penalties & other charges until Dec. 31, 2020, or date agreed upon by the lender & borrower
- 30 days grace period in places under ECQ or MECQ
– 3 months installment. No interest, penalties & other charges with the period of community quarantine
- 30 days grace period of those not permitted to work and MSMEs and cooperatives ordered to temporarily cease operations
– Equal installments. No interest, penalties & other charges until Dec. 31, 2020,
– NO RENT INCREASE DURING COMMUNITY QUARANTINE
MOVING OF STATUTORY DEADLINES
and timelines for the filing and submission of any document, the payment of taxes, fees, and other charges required by law.
Assistance to the Education Sector
[ ] Subsidies and allowances to public and private students
[ ] Subsidies and allowances to displaced teaching and non-teaching personnel, including part-time faculty, in private and public elementary, secondary and tertiary education institutions and SÚCS
[ ] Provision of loan assistance, subsidies, discounts or grants to schools, teachers, and students for the purchase of distance learning tools
[ ] Additional scholarship funds for TESDA
[ ] Exemption from import duties, taxes, and donor’s tax of personal computers, laptops, tablets, or similar equipment appropriate for use in schools, donated for distribution to public schools.
This is to protect the declared, confirmed, suspected, probable, exposed, or recovered of the COVID-19 virus, returning OFWs, health workers, frontliners, other service workers, & indigents
Punishment -6 months behind bars & P100,000
Incentive to Local Manufacturing
3 billion procurement of PPE’s with preference to local
[ ] Standby fund for COVID-19 testing and procurement of medication and vaccine
[ ] Continuous employment and hiring of emergency health personnel
[ ] Procurement of PPEs. Preference given to products Made in the Philippines
[ ] Construction of temporary medical isolation and quarantine facilities, field hospitals, dormitories for frontliners and for the expansion of hospital capacity across the country
[ ] Hiring of at least 50,000 contact tracers by the DILG
[ ] Increasing the bed capacity of government and private hospitals dedicated for COVID-19
[ ] PhilHealth is directed to reimburse the funds due to the district, provincial and city hospitals
[ ] Mandatory testing of public and private health workers every 15 days to ensure their protection
[ ] COVID-19 national referral system, jointly developed by the Philippine Red Cross and DOH, will be established
[ ] Acts of discrimination against individuals confirmed, suspected, probable, exposed or recovered from COVID-19; returning OFWs, health workers, frontliners, service workers, and indigents shall be penalized with mprisonment of six months and a fine of P100,000
For Displaced Workers
[ ] cash-for-work programs such as the TUPAD, CAMP, and AKAP of the DOLE
[ ] P5,000 to P8,000 unemployment and involuntary separation assistance
[ ] Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AlCS), emergency subsidies (SAP), and Sustainable Livelihood Program
[ ] Emergency subsidy of P5,000 to P8,000 to affected low-income households in areas under granular lockdown and to households with recently returned OFWs
[ ] Emergency subsidy to qualified low-income households that were not able to receive any subsidy under Bayanihan 1
[ ] Livelihood assistance, skills and training program, loan assistance and employment opportunities for repatriated and returning OFWs.
[ ] Direct cash or loan interest rate subsidy, grants for regulatory fees, fuel subsidy and/or digital fare vouchers, and grants for training, equipment, facilities, fest kits, and necessary personnel
[ ] Temporary livelihood, thru service contracting, for displaced jeepney drivers & other PUV drivers
[ ] Promote the use of bicycles and the development of bike lanes
[ ] cash-for-work programs under DOLE and involuntary separation assistance for workers or employees
[ ] Tourism road infrastructure programs under the DPWH [ ] Low-interest loans under DTI-SBCorp
[ ] Training and subsidies for tourist guides
[ ] Extension support, direct cash or loan interest rate subsidies under the DA’s Agricultural Credit Policy Council; Plant, Plant, Plant Program; other forms of assistance to qualified agri-fishery enterprises, farmers and fisherfolk
[ ] Allowing national and local government agencies to directly purchase agricultural and fishery products from farmers and fisherfolk and agri cooperatives as a form of direct assistance.
Relief for Consumers and Businesses
[ ] 60-day grace period for the payment of all existing, current, and outstanding loans
[ ] Electric, water, telecommunications, and other similar utilities are directed to provide a minimum 30-day grace period tor the payment of bills falling due within the period of ECQ or MECQ
[ ] 30-day grace period on residential and commercial rents of lessees not permitted to work and MSMEs and Cooperatives ordered to temporarily cease operations, falling due within the period of the community quarantine, without incurring interests, penalties, fees and other charges
[ ] Moving of deadlines and timelines for the filing and submission of documents, payment of taxes, fees & other charges to ease the burden on individuals under community quarantine
[ ] NOLCO provision (net operating loss of business for taxable years 2020 & 2021 shall be carried over, as a deduction from gross income for the next 5 taxable years immediately following the year of such loss)
[ ] Retirement benefits received by, officials and employees of private firms from June 2020 until December 31, 2020, shall be èxcluded fròm gross income and shall be exempt from taxation.
Source: Sonny Angara Official Facebook Page
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