Eddie Villanueva

Bro. Eddie lauds Trabaho bill’s approval

August 24, 2023 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 174 views

CITIZENS Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Rep. Eduardo “Bro. Eddie” Villanueva lauded the House of Representatives’ approval of House Bill (HB) No. 8400 or the Trabaho Para sa Pilipino bill.

House Bill (HB) No. 8400, principally authored by Villanueva, mandates the establishment of a Jobs Creation Plan (JCP) that shall serve as a comprehensive and national master plan on employment generation and recovery.

It aims to promote and ensure the employability, competitiveness, wellness and productivity of Filipino workers through efficient, effective and timely delivery of skills trainings and development programs.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) revealed that the country had a 95.7% employment rate in May 2023 – or about 48.26 million Filipinos employed.

There remains 4.3% or about 2.17 million unemployed Filipinos out of the 50.43 million workforce.

“One of the key areas to focus on in order to produce more jobs is the crucial linkage between investments and job trainings.

We must make sure that for every possible investment or business that will come to us, we must equip our workforce with the necessary skill and knowledge to ascertain the employability of our people.

HB 8400 addresses this challenge. Through synergism and collaboration of our concerned government agencies, investments will be proactively matched with appropriate job trainings, government funding and incentives to ensure coordination and harmonization of our efforts that will ultimately result to creation of jobs for our people,” Villanueva said.

“With HB 8400, there will be a whole-of-government approach to employment generation. Jobs creation will cease to be a concern of only one or two government agencies,” according to Villanueva.

The CIBAC congressman also expressed gratitude to Reps. Gus Tambunting and Fidel Nograles, co-authors and sponsors of the bill for the valuable contribution to the passage of the bill.