House of Representatives

House suspends sessions during August ECQ

Rambo Talabong
House suspends sessions during August ECQ

SESSION. The House session hall ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's sixth and final State of the Nation Address.

House of Representatives

The suspension is expected to delay the House from passing President Rodrigo Duterte's priority legislation

The House of Representatives will not be holding any plenary sessions during the duration of the upcoming enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila.

In a signed memorandum by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, the work at the House will be deemed suspended as early as August 5, Thursday.

The ECQ in Metro Manila will last from August 6 to 20, as health authorities seek to stem the surge of the more infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus.

The suspension is expected to delay the House’s goal of quickly passing President Rodrigo Duterte’s priority legislation. (READ: Duterte and Congress: Quick on controversial measures, slow on priority bills)

Meetings are only allowed to be held virtually, while all offices of lawmakers are ordered closed.

Secretariat staffers and “other staffers doing “extremely essential tasks” are allowed to report physically, as long as they get an antigen test, which the House provides.

CONGVAX, the House’s vaccination drive within its grounds in Quezon City will continue even during ECQ.

The House’s announcement of session suspension follows that of the Senate, which also suspended sessions under ECQ. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.