Former Makati City congressman Monsour Del Rosario has seen how the pandemic impacted the country.
In particular, how it put pressure on the Philippine government to act fast and address the people’s immediate needs in this very unfamiliar situation.
Del Rosario is known for drafting and delivering 292 bills and resolutions from 2016-2019.
In a meeting with a group of Rotary Clubs from Makati and Parañaque on November 12, Del Rosario expressed his intention of proposing legislation that would help improve the lives of Filipinos.
The meeting aimed to educate voters regarding the country’s issues and reiterate the importance of voting wisely for the 2022 elections.
Recognizing the contributions and sacrifices of healthcare workers during the pandemic, Del Rosario believes that the government should include the frontliners’ welfare among its top priorities.
He proposes the “Healthcare Heroes Card” program, which will give healthcare frontliners — medical practitioners, nurses, medical technicians, etc. — similar privileges and benefits that the government is currently offering to senior citizens and PWDs.
Moreover, Del Rosario also aims to raise the salaries of licensed medical practitioners across the country, including hazard and overtime pay and health insurance, to close the gap of salaries they may receive overseas.
This is also in line with his other platforms to promote the economic revival in the wake of the pandemic, where he proposed a “special commission” to focus on the job market sector to mass employ Filipino workers.
As the father of the “Work From Home Bill,” now known as Republic Act 11165 of the Telecommuting Act of 2018, Del Rosario aims to improve working conditions in the country and to adapt to the “next normal,” especially for those who have been greatly affected by the pandemic.
He also aims to push for the Magna Carta for the Poor to raise the poor people’s standard of living and give them more opportunities in the current economy.
Del Rosario would also dwell into the agricultural sector by creating an Agricultural Inter-agency Monitoring and Compliance Council (AIMCC) that would essentially collate, analyze, and simplify all the different laws and policies related to agriculture. With this, farmers can directly benefit from its attached programs, incentives, and services.
With AIMCC, the needs of the farmers will be addressed through regular consultations, new policies to develop and modernize the agriculture sector will be implemented, and there will be a regular submission for open/public report accountability.
Del Rosario also wishes to raise the value of sports and education in youth development. He will continue to pursue one of his previous bills, HB 1667 Free and Suitable Public Education for Differently Abled Children Act, which will establish special education (SPED) centers for children with special needs in regional public-school divisions as provide standards, guidelines, and funding.
He aims to improve people’s lives by pushing for laws that would ease the current sufferings of people and improve their quality of life, and most importantly, make future opportunities more accessible and attainable for all.