READ: Malacañang approves bills that extend the availability of appropriations under Republic Act (RA) 11494 or the ‘Bayanihan to Recover as One Act,’ and RA 11465, or the ‘General Appropriations Act of 2020,’ to December 31, 2021.
The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, also known as the Bayanihan Act, and officially designated as Republic Act No. 11469, is a law in the Philippines that was enacted in March 2020 granting the President additional authority to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. The word “bayanihan” is a Tagalog word for communal work .
Republic Act 11469 was signed into law on 23 March 2020 (also known by its short title as the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act) declaring a national health emergency throughout the Philippines as a result of the COVID-19 situation. In it Congress authorizes the President to exercise the necessary special powers, for a limited time and subject to certain restrictions, to address a problem that poses a clear and present danger to the people.