Statement of Senator Joel Villanueva on the passage of 3rd and Final Reading the Special Protections against Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Law (Anti-OSAEC law)
Now and more than ever, we need to take back cyberspace and make it safe for our children. It is my personal belief that every child deserves a childhood in its fullest form, free from any form of violence and harassment. I, myself, am a parent. In fact, many of us here are parents. I do not think anyone can disagree that this fight against sexual abuse and exploitation of children is personal to us all.
"I do not think anyone can disagree that this fight against sexual abuse and exploitation of children is personal to us all."
The IATF’s initial priority list is composed of frontline health workers (1.76 million), indigent senior citizens (3.78 million), remaining senior citizens (5.67 million), remaining indigent Filipinos (12.9 million), and uniformed personnel (about 525,523), which is roughly 24.6 million.
Villanueva explained that IATF would need to precisely identify the 10.4 million additional beneficiaries considering that about 25% or about 10 million of the country’s 39.8 million employed workers as of the October 2020 Labor Force Survey are in “elementary occupations.” The Philippine Statistics Authority says that among those involved in elementary occupations are unskilled labor such as “street vendors, cleaners, domestic helpers and farm hands.”
PSA data also shows that about seven million workers are in sales or service occupations.
“We do not want overlaps in the priority list. Given the limited supply, we must ensure that each dose goes to the rightful beneficiary,” Villanueva pointed out. “While unemployment eased in October to 8.7% or about 3.8 million jobless workers, we must understand that the people also stopped looking for work. The slump is getting into the heads of our workers, and the vaccination program will help boost both the confidence of workers and our businesses as well.”
“We cannot afford to drop the ball on this. The stakes are too high. Our country’s economic recovery depends largely on this,” Villanueva added.