Implementing the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act (Republic Act No. 11469): Full Text of the Memorandum from the Executive Secretary

[The “Bayanihan to Heal As One Act” (Republic Act No. 11469), already effective after having been published in the Manila Bulletin on 25 March 2020, granted temporary emergency powers to the President to help address the national emergency brought about by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The emergency powers provided in R.A. 11469 are not self-executory, but require the directive of the President. On 28 March 2020, the Executive Secretary, acting on behalf of the President, issued a Memorandum providing for the implementation of temporary emergency powers granted to the President. Here is the full text of the Memorandum.]

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Criminal Cases Against LGUs Turning Away Cargoes, Blocking Roads

There are reports that some Local Government Units (LGUs) have been intercepting cargoes, including those delivery food and medical products, and stopping them from entering or passing through their respective territories. Even when these trucks are allowed to pass through, it takes forever to reach their destination because of the endless number of checkpoints and the varying policies implemented in each checkpoint. Worse, there may be instances when roads are blocked and rendered impassable.  

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Full List of Emergency Powers Granted to the President under the “Bayanihan to Heal As One Act” (Republic Act No. 11469)

The “Bayanihan to Heal As One Act” (Republic Act No. 11469) grants Emergency Powers to President Rodrigo R. Duterte in order to address the national emergency brought about by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Under R.A. 11469, the President shall have the power to adopt the following temporary emergency measures to respond to crisis brought by the pandemic:

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Congressional Grant of Emergency Powers to the President: The Philippine Experience

The public health emergency caused by the novel coronavirus, subsequently named Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19), is the first of its kind in our lifetime. The request for emergency powers to address a national emergency, however, is not the first of its kind.  On 23 March 2020, the House of Representatives started its deliberations on House Bill No. 6616, declaring a national emergency and granting emergency powers in favor of President Rodrigo Duterte. Three decades earlier, Congress passed a law declaring a state of national emergency and granting emergency powers to the President. 

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Persons Exempt from the Enhanced Community Quarantine: Consolidated List

Today, 22 March 2012, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles released the salient points of Resolution No. 14 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Disease (IATF). This list of persons exempted from the Enhanced Community Quarantine is culled from IATF Resolution Nos. 14 and 13, as well as Memorandum dated 16 March 2020 issued by the Executive Secretary. 

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