Villanueva files first 20 priority bills – Manila Bulletin
Senator Joel Villanueva today, July 4, introduced the first 20 of his priority bills for the 19th Congress to continue his advocacy and deliver on his job creation and security campaign promises.
“For our second term, our work in the Senate is still jobs. We are pushing for job opportunities and job security through these proposed laws to strengthen our nation against poverty and any crisis,” he said.
Among Villanueva’s priority bills is the “Law on the Trabaho Para Sa Lahat ng Pilipino” which establishes the National Action Plan for Employment to set the government’s direction for job creation. The National Action Plan for Employment will also pursue the objectives of the National Employment Recovery Strategy (NERS) which is currently being implemented by the NERS Task Force led by the Department of Trade and Industry .
“Given that NERS has only set its targets until this year, we aim to extend it and transform it into a National Action Plan for Jobs to go beyond the target of creation of two million jobs for the next few years. Job creation must be supported according to the prevailing socio-economic trends in the face of any crisis,” said Senator de Bulacan.
Villanueva also prioritizes the “end of Endo,” or security of tenure law for private sector workers.
“We have been fighting for the passage of the Security of Tenure Act since 2016. Although it was vetoed, it was subject to rigorous and comprehensive consultations with all relevant sectors. so that workers and employers are on an equal footing in the proposed law. This is long overdue, so we will be working with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Finance (DOF), workers, professional associations and other sectors for the passage of the ‘End of Endo’ Act into law,” the senator said.
Villanueva filed a similar bill for the regularization of casual or contract employees who have worked for more than 5 years in national government agencies, and those who have worked for more than 6 years in local government units.
In addition to the National Jobs Action Plan, other new Villanueva proposals include amending the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act to allow work from home for companies in special economic zones, the expanded Unemployment Insurance Act and a Php 100 billion stimulus fund and wage subsidy for small businesses under the MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) stimulus act.
Villanueva has also introduced other bills that improve the welfare of Filipino workers, such as the institutionalization of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program, the Self-Employment Protection Act, the on alternative working arrangements and the Magna Carta of the Philippines. Sailors.
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