SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
01 September 2020 08:04:33 PM
Losing one’s family member to death is painful, but what is even more tragic, especially for those who are earning a measly minimum wage rate, is not having the means for funeral services. The Committee on Poverty Alleviation on Tuesday approved a substitute bill to House Bill 5249 which seeks to provide free funeral services to extremely poor families by funeral homes anywhere in the country. Authored by Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate (Party-list, BAYAN MUNA), the bill also grants 50 percent discount on funeral services to indigent families. The term “extremely poor family” refers to a family whose monthly income is less than the minimum wage set in the region where they reside. On the other hand, “indigent family” refers to a family whose monthly income is equivalent to the minimum wage set in the region where they reside. Meanwhile, the panel chaired by Rep. Dale “Along” Malapitan (1st District, Caloocan City) also created a technical working group (TWG) to consolidate the bills institutionalizing the community-driven development approach as a national strategy for inclusive growth and social protection, mandating all national government agencies and departments, local government units (LGUs) and nother government instrumentalities to implement their community-based programs, activities and projects. These are House Bill 4407 authored by Rep. Maximo Dalog Jr. (Lone District, Mountain Porvince)), HB 4470 by Rep. Lianda Bolilia (4th District, Batangas), HB 4764 by Rep. Allen Jesse Mangaoang (Lone District, Kalinga), and HB 5250 by Rep. Jocelyn Sy-Limkaichong (1st District, Negros Oriental).