Vargas explains why proposed ‘BBM’ bill is worth supporting – Manila Bulletin

The proposed “Bayan Bangon Muli” or BBM bill deserves support, as far as Quezon City 5th District Representative Alfred Vargas is concerned.

Alfred Vargas, representative of the 5th district of Quezon City (Facebook)

In a recently tabled resolution, three-term congressman Vargas urged new members of the 19th Congress to support the BBM measure, which is an economic stimulus and self-help plan spearheaded by the leading presidential candidate, the representative of the 1st district of Leyte, Martin Romualdez.

Vargas said in his resolution that such support is an expression of “true unity in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, similar to [his] advocating for pan-national, pan-governmental and even pan-societal approaches to rebuilding the country’s economy and the lives of all our fellow Filipinos”.

The letters BBM are the initials of the presumptive president Bongbong Marcos.

The outgoing Quezon City solon said the new president would begin his term “at a time when the country is gradually recovering from the social and economic devastation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Vargas said Congress has worked hand in hand with the Duterte administration to address the pandemic and its economic and social impact through Republic Act (RA) No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” and RA No. 11494 or “Bayanihan to recover in one act”.

“These programs, projects and activities that continue to help and uplift our compatriots require additional support as the pandemic is not over and tens of millions of people are still reeling from its impact,” he said. he noted.

The BBM measure is presented as a sort of spiritual successor to the Bayanihan laws.

According to Vargas, the new Marcos administration must obtain the budgetary support necessary to continue providing aid to sectors affected by the pandemic.

“It is crucial that we extend to the incoming administration the widest range of fiscal tools to deal with the lingering effects of the pandemic on affected sectors and get the economy back on its feet,” he said.

Vargas, chairman of the House Committee on Social Services, further said that the poor and other vulnerable sectors of society should continue to receive expanded social protection and other forms of government assistance.

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