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PROBE FUNDS USED FOR TROLL FARMS – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva joined calls for the Upper Chamber to investigate allegations of public funds financing “troll” farms which were reportedly established to sow misinformation in time for the coming elections in 2022. “Organized trolls are weapons of mass distraction. The seeds of falsehood they plant ripen into hate ready to be harvested by those […]

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NO BOARD EXAMS ‘HARMFUL’ TO OFWS – VILLANUEVA

The country’s professional licensure system should remain, despite the struggles of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to hold these certification tests the past year due to the pandemic because such assessments boost the credibility of Filipino professionals here and around the world, Senator Joel Villanueva said. “Despite our disappointment with how the PRC has been […]

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VILLANUEVA: UNIFY APPROACH IN PH EDUCATION REFORM

Senator Joel Villanueva is urging closer collaboration among agencies involved in education so that the government “will have a stronger and unified approach in addressing an education crisis worsened by the pandemic”. As tests and studies reveal the deterioration of the quality of graduates across levels, Villanueva said the Department of Education, Commission on Higher […]

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READY P6B TAAL QUICK REACTION FUND – VILLANUEVA

The government should brace for any impact brought about by Taal Volcano’s eruption as the unrest could trigger several events “from a NAIA closure that will delay vaccine shipments, to factories in the country’s manufacturing belt suspending work,” Senator Joel Villanueva said. Villanueva suggested that the government put on standby the P6.37 billion Quick Reaction […]

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MAKE NAT’L JOB RECOVERY PLAN CONCRETE – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva has welcomed Malacanang’s unveiling of its jobs plan, but said work lies ahead in translating a “Powerpoint presentation into paychecks.” “Maganda po ang layunin ng National Employment Recovery Strategy (NERS) na nakikita natin bilang isang panimulang aksyon tungo sa paglilikha ng trabaho at kabuhayan para sa ating mga manggagawa. Nagpapasalamat po tayo […]

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PROTECT WORKERS AMID PANDEMIC — VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva underscored the importance of ensuring the welfare of workers affected by the pandemic as the Senate labor committee started deliberations into several proposed measures. Villanueva’s committee tackled bills on media workers welfare, occupational safety and health standards for workers in the movie and television industry, service incentive leave, registry of skilled workers […]

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VILLANUEVA LAUDS VACCINATION OF PINOY SEAFARERS

Senator Joel Villanueva underscored the importance of vaccinating Filipino seafarers, saying the inoculation would allow them to return on ships onboard and resume their livelihood severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Villanueva joined officials at the vaccination kickoff, led by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, NTF deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon, […]

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FOCUS ON HAVING MORE DOCTORS NOW – VILLANUEVA

Recruiting medical scholars should be as funded and as focused as government preparations for the May 2022 elections, Senator Joel Villanueva said, adding that “future physicians are the most important hire the government should make at this time”. Villanueva, principal sponsor and author of the landmark Doktor Para Sa Bayan Law, said the medical scholarship […]

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CLARIFY OFW PROOF OF VAX JAB POLICY – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva sought clarification from officials involved in pandemic response on what he said was a “confusing” policy that would require those fully-vaccinated Filipinos to produce two sets of proof — a vaccine card and certification issued by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) or the Local Health Officer. “Isn’t this additional […]

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VILLANUEVA BACKS CEBU’S SWAB-ON-ARRIVAL POLICY

Senator Joel Villanueva has thrown his support for Cebu’s “swab-upon-arrival” policy, saying the “sensible, but science-based” way of screening travelers for coronavirus is “low-cost but highly-effective”. “It is a kind of health checkpoint that spares OFWs of the hassles of quarantine. It saves them time and money, both of which are better spent with and […]