Gov’t temporarily suspends Balik Probinsya program

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The Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa project has been suspended for now to assist locally stranded persons first per the president’s instructions, an official said Thursday.

“I decided as a matter of strategy na i-suspend muna ang ating rollouts for the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa to give way, unahin natin — kasi this was a very clear instruction from the President — unahin, pauwiin na ang ating mga kababayan na stranded dito sa Maynila,” said Marcelino Escalada Jr., executive director of the program.

[I decided as a matter of strategy to suspend for now the rollouts for the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (program) to prioritize our fellow Filipinos stranded in (Metro) Manila, a very clear instruction from the President.]

Through the new Hatid Tulong program, the government will assist sending locally stranded people home while public transportation remains limited as the country stays under community quarantine. These include overseas Filipino workers, construction workers, tourists and students.

Ito yung mga tao na walang bahay at tsaka walang enough capacity to finance their stay in Metro Manila,” he said.

[These are the people without housing and don’t have enough capacity to finance their stay in Metro Manila.]

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier gave concerned government agencies an ultimatum to bring home by the end of May over 24,000 OFWs stranded in quarantine facilities for over a month.

Last week, the COVID-19 national task force said returning OFWs may only stay in the capital region or wherever they landed for a maximum of five days before being sent home.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.