Villanueva bats for more jobs as lawmaker sets off Senate reelection bid

Villanueva bats for more jobs as lawmaker sets off Senate reelection bid

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Joel Villanueva today filed his certificate of
candidacy for reelection, saying his mission to generate legislation
that would create jobs for millions of Filipinos, especially for those
displaced from work during the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is
continuing.

“Trabaho po ang lagi nating tinatrabaho sa Senado. Kaya ngayon pong
araw na ito, ako po ay nag-apply muli ng trabaho bilang inyong
empleyado sa Senado sa pangalawang termino. Nais po nating ipagpatuloy
ang ating mga ginagawa. Lalong-lalo na po ngayon sapagkat naniniwala
tayo at this point in time mas kailangan ng TESDAMAN sa Senado,”
Villanueva said after filing his COC.

“Dahil po sa pandemya ang kailangan ay tuloy-tuloy ang paggawa at
paglikha ng trabaho,” continued Villanueva, chairman of the Senate
labor committee.

Villanueva placed second in the 2016 senatorial race with 18,459,222 votes.

“These are not just numbers but Filipinos who joined our cause,”
Villanueva said. “Sila po ang mga Pilipinong tumaya sa misyon ni
Tesdaman. Sila po ang dahilan kaya perfect attendance tayo sa Senado
at hindi tayo umabsent kailanman.”

“Naghain po tayo at nagsumite ng 500 bills and resolutions at 82 dito
ay ganap na batas na. Opo, Republic Acts na po ang work from home law,
free tuition law, ang Doktor para sa bayan law, First Time Jobseekers
Law, Tulong Trabaho Law at marami pang iba,” Villanueva said.

Villanueva was instrumental in raising the allocation for the TUPAD
program, which was meant to provide financial assistance to workers
displaced by the pandemic, from P6 billion to P19 billion to cover
more workers.

Villanueva was also the main driving force behind the proposed
Department of Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos, which seeks to
synchronize government programs for OFWs and Filipinos living abroad,
among other objectives.

“Tayo rin po ang arkitekto ng dine-deliberate ngayon siguro in the
next couple of weeks ay magiging ganap na batas na ito pong Department
of Overseas Filipino Workers. Hindi lang po nais nating magkaroon ng
blueprint kundi gusto natin every step of the way sa pagtatayo ng
bahay na ito andun po tayo,” Villanueva said.

As Senate labor committee chairman, Villanueva also pursued the Ending
Endo bill in the 17th Congress, and successfully shepherded the
measure’s passage in plenary in 2019. The President vetoed the bill,
which was certified urgent, on July 26, 2019.

Villanueva said he intends to see through the implementation of the
National Employment Recovery Strategy, which the government launched
in May to rejuvenate the labor market and restore lost jobs. The
strategy, which includes Villanueva’s Tulong Trabaho scholarship
program to prepare our workers for the new normal targets to create
220,000 jobs and assist 1.4 million workers. (ai/mtvn)

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