President Rodrigo R Duterte declared the State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines due to the immerging threat of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 19). In the Philippines, the disease has infected almost 9,000 individuals and has posed economic threat following the declaration of a State of Calamity throughout the country and implementation of an Enhanced Community Quarantine and General Community Quarantine in major cities.
The current state of the Philippines has urged the President to sign into law RA 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” to contain local transmissions of the disease, mobilize assistance of basic necessities to affected families, undertake measures to manage the healthcare system, implement a social amelioration program to affected sectors, and partner with private sectors and other stakeholders in the implementation of programs and measures. Furthermore, the law has authorized the President to exercise powers that are necessary and proper to carry out the national policy.
Below are some of the salient points of the Bayanihan to Heal as one Law: