Villanueva: Public works ban should not lead to job losses

Villanueva: Public works ban should not lead to job losses

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — The 45-day public works ban that will take effect on March 25 should be implemented in a way that it “will not affect jobs nor delay the completion of infrastructure projects in calamity areas,” Sen. Joel “TESDAMAN” Villanueva said.

“Employment should not be a casualty of an election. And pandemic recovery should not take a back seat to polls,” Villanueva, chair of the Senate labor committee, said.

“We have 10.1 million unemployed and underemployed. Let us not worsen this already bleak jobs picture,” he added.

Villanueva noted that the number of workers in construction dipped to 4 million after pandemic lockdowns stopped work on public and private projects. (ai/mtvn)

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