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Legarda: ‘Better Normal’ Bill will guide PH to post-Covid-19 way of life

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Deputy Speaker and Antique Rep. Loren Legarda on Tuesday hailed the approval on third reading of House Bill 6864 or the “Better Normal for the Workplace, Communities and Public Spaces” bill by the House of Representatives.

The bill seeks to make mandatory certain safety measures and protocols, including mask-wearing, hand-washing and temperature checks, as the country adjusts to the “new normal” in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Legarda, a principal author of the bill.

The House passed the “better normal” bill in a 242-0 vote on Monday.

Legarda expressed optimism that the proposed measure when passed into law will significantly strengthen the country’s most critical and universal mandates on health, safety, and sustainable development.

“This measure will help improve our policies and actions in the context of the pandemic, ranging from health, environment, education, agriculture, labor and industrial sector, tourism, arts and culture and how we can all adapt and adjust to the current situation of our society,” she said.

“This will be an effective guide for us as we transition to a better normal and lead safe and healthy lives in light of this ongoing pandemic,” Legarda said.

“We still have a long way to go in battling this health crisis,” she added.

“With the growing number of recorded cases and resurgence of infections in other countries, including the disturbing studies that the manner of Covid-19 transmission is evolving, we remain susceptible to the novel corona virus,” Legarda said.

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