By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go lauded President Rodrigo
Duterte for signing Executive Order No. 140, which officially adopted
the National Employment Recovery Strategy (NERS) as the Philippine
government’s master plan for the restoration of the country’s labor
“Nagpapasalamat po tayo at kinokomendahan si Pangulong Duterte sa
pagpirma niya ng EO 140 na layuning maglatag ng recovery strategy para
sa labor market ng bansa na lubos na apektado ng kasalukuyang
pandemya,” said Go.
“Layunin po nito na buuin ang NERS Task Force na siyang bubuo ng mga
polisiya upang makapaglikha pa tayo ng mas maraming trabaho sa bansa
at magkaroon ng access ang ating mga kababayan sa mga ito. Bubuo rin
sila ng mga polisiya para sa livelihood trainings, pagpapalakas ng
productivity ng ating mga manggagawa, pagsusulong ng kanilang
karapatan, at marami pang iba,” he added.
On Monday, June 29, Duterte signed the EO. It institutionalizes the
NERS Task Force, which consists of 20 agencies, and is directed to
implement the NERS from 2021 to 2022 in response to the COVID-19
pandemic’s adverse effects.
Members are the Departments of Transportation, Tourism, Public Works
and Highways, Science and Technology, Social Welfare and Development,
Agriculture, Agrarian Reform, Interior and Local Government,
Information and Communications Technology, Environment and Natural
Resources, Education, Finance, and Budget and Management, among other
The passage of laws to support economic and employment recovery, the
implementation of youth employability initiatives, process upgrades,
and loan assistance to businesses are among those on the recovery
agenda. Also included are the promotion of retooling and upskilling of
workers, social protection to vulnerable groups, deferment of fees,
and continuous support and monitoring of programs with a high impact on
As the country jumpstarts the economy while government rolls out its
vaccination program, Go continues to push for the passage of key
legislative measures that can ease the burden of the pandemic on
ordinary Filipinos and ensure continued public service delivery during
these challenging times.
For one, Go supported the passage of the Corporate Recovery and Tax
Incentives for Enterprises or CREATE bill to help small businesses
cope with the adverse impact of the crisis. According to Go, the tax
reform measure also aims to achieve faster and equitable regional
development and provide economic opportunities in the provinces by
encouraging businesses to invest in the countryside.
Moreover, Go filed the Government Financial Institutions Unified
Initiatives to Distressed Enterprises for Economic Recovery or GUIDE
“Ang mga ito ay naglalayong magkaroon ng dagdag na mekanismong
pinansyal para matulungan ang mga negosyo na magkaroon ng puhunan,” Go
“Kung matutulungan natin ang mga negosyo na bumangon at lumago,
matutulungan rin ng pribadong sektor ang ating mga kababayan at
magkakaroon rin ng mas maraming economic opportunities sa buong
bansa,” he added.
The Public Services Bill and the Foreign Investment Bill are also
being prioritized by the government and are currently undergoing
plenary deliberations. Meanwhile, the Retail Trade Liberalization bill
already passed the Senate’s third and final reading.
To ensure that government can better adapt to the new normal, Go is
also pushing for a measure that will spur the shift of government
processes and transactions towards e-governance. He filed in July last
year Senate Bill No. (SBN) 1738, or the “E-Governance Act of 2020,”
which mandates the government to establish an integrated,
interconnected, and inter-operable information and resource-sharing
and communications network.
Go said e-governance “will reduce red tape, eliminate corruption,
enhance transparency, provide safe and convenient delivery of services
to the people and encourage citizen feedback and participation.”
“Ginagawan na natin ng paraan na magiging mas malinis at madali ang
pakikipag-transaksyon sa gobyerno. Kung kaya’t bukod sa maayos na
pag-implementa ng Ease of Doing Business Act, isinusulong ko rin ang
aking E-Governance Bill upang mas makapag-adapt ang bansa sa ‘new
normal’,” said Go.
“Gamit ang makabagong teknolohiya, gagawin nating mas mabilis,
maginhawa, at angkop sa pangkasalukuyang sitwasyon ang mga proseso ng
gobyerno para mas makabenepisyo sa pangkaraniwang mga Pilipino,” he
Go is also the main proponent of the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa
(BP2) Program. BP2 is a comprehensive, multi-sectoral and
whole-of-government initiative which seeks to decongest Metro Manila
and enhance regional development by incentivizing residents and
businesses to settle and invest in areas outside Metropolitan areas.
It places emphasis on four key result areas, namely: (1) the
empowerment of local industries; (2) food security and agricultural
productivity; (3) housing, social welfare, health, employment and
human resource development; and (4) infrastructure development.
Beneficiaries who are returning to their provinces can expect to
receive assistance on transportation, housing and livelihood, among
others, subject to assessment.
BP2 roll-outs are presently temporarily suspended due to the pandemic
and shall resume once conditions are deemed safe. However,
preparations by local government units and partner agencies are
“Magtulungan at magbayanihan po tayo para malampasan ang krisis na
ito. Pasiglahin natin muli ang ating mga kabuhayan, at bigyan natin ng
bagong pag-asa ang ating mga kababayan ng mas ligtas at komportableng
buhay — anumang pagsubok ang dumating,” Go said. (ai/mtvn)