Bayanihan 2 Bill & Google Services Outage


The bicameral conference committee approved the amendments for the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or the Bayanihan 2 bill. It is to replace the expired Bayanihan to Heal as One Act for the novel coronavirus response and recovery plan. It is also to allocate sufficient funds to help those sectors who are greatly affected by this huge crisis.

This reconciled version is for our country to recover with the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on our country. According to Senator Sonny Angara, the total fund remains at P140 billion allotted for various government programs to help the Filipinos and the affected sectors and an additional P25 billion for standby appropriations. After the congress ratifies the Bayanihan 2 bill, it will be signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Senator Angara who’s also the Senate Finance Committee chairman said that the tourism industry aid amounting to P10 billion was intact and preserved. Although there was a debate during the Bicameral Conference Committee meeting, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives agreed for the tourism budget at the end. That of the 10 billion, P6 billion is intended for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) loans in the tourism sector, P3 billion is for the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for displaced tourism workers, and P1 billion will be given to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for tourism infrastructure.

Bayanihan 2 bill aims to boost the recovery of the Philippine economy and our society from the Corona Virus Disease of 2019. It provides loan assistance and subsidies for the new normal set up of education. It also includes incentives for technology companies and MSMEs.


Google services such as Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Meet suffered from a major outage yesterday, August 20. These Google services were down for several hours and caused disruption for numerous users. The widespread outage made the accounts unaccessible mostly in India, some parts of the U.S., Australia, Japan, and Malaysia.

There were reported cases that users can’t log in to their Gmail accounts, can’t receive new emails, and can’t upload files to cloud (Google Drive). The technology giant had an issue on their 10 Google Suites around 1:30 a.m. and made an apology for the inconvenience it has done. They acknowledge their errors across their different platforms and said that their team continues to investigate the problem. Google services promised to provide an update and information regarding the issue on the same day.

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