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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



16 March 2020 04:42:43 PM

House Speaker Alan Peter "Compañero" Cayetano on Monday shed light on the proposed Defeat COVID-19 Committee (DCC), explaining that the DCC will function as an advisory and coordinating committee. In a press briefing, Speaker Cayetano said the DCC will allow the House of Representatives to better harmonize and streamline its efforts to combat COVID-19. The committee will be supervised by the Speaker but it will not be a "hierarchical" body. Speaker Cayetano clarified that he would let the relevant House committee take the lead, depending on the issue at hand. The DCC shall initially comprise the Committees on Health, Economic Affairs, Appropriations, Ways and Means, Tourism, Trade and Industry, Labor and Employment, Banks and Financial Intermediaries, Public Information, Appropriations, Ways and Means, Local Government, and Metro Manila Development, among others. Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr., and Deputy Speaker for Finance Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. will also be members of the DCC. The Speaker held a press conference Monday following social distance protocols for all attendees.