Bill proposes special working holiday for Covid-19 frontliners

A bill pushing for the designation of a special working holiday for both medical and non-medical frontliners was filed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

House Bill 9159 or the “Frontliners Recognition Act” by Manila 1st District Rep. Manuel Luis “Manny” T. Lopez proposes a “National Day of Mourning and Remembrance for Covid-19 frontliners.” It will be dedicated to those who have died while fighting against the pandemic.

The bill also suggests the construction of a national monument to be known as the “Bantayog ng mga Bayaning Frontliners,” which will serve as a “memorial” of the legacy of the modern heroes.

“As we face a continuous surge of Covid-19 infections — and almost all of our hospitals in the National Capital Region (NCR) once again declare full capacity — our frontline workers have not stopped working tirelessly, selflessly, and valiantly in the service of their countrymen, despite the clear and imminent dangers to their own health and safety,” Lopez said.

“It is in this time, now more than ever, that we should recognize the courage, hard work, sacrifice, and invaluable contribution of our frontline heroes,” he added.

Under the measure, a committee will be created to formulate guidelines for the nomination and selection of frontliners, whose names will be engraved in the Bantayog. A scholarship and financial assistance grant will also be provided to their children in any state schools, colleges, or universities.

“This is but a simple recognition compared to the enormous sacrifice and selfless service our frontliners have given in these trying times,” said Lopez.