Press Releases

Villanueva: Vaccine procurement must be made available for private sector, no exclusions; ‘Goal is vaccines for all’

March 21, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva scored the proposal to exclude certain firms from the government’s vaccine procurement program, saying such a move, if implemented, would hamper the efforts on speeding up the roll out of vaccines across the broader population. READ MORE

Villanueva: Gawing available sa buong pribadong sektor ang vaccine procurement, bawal ang exceptions; “Bakuna para sa lahat ang nais nating abutin”

March 21, 2021

Kinastigo ni Senator Joel Villanueva ang mungkahi na huwag isama ang iilang mga kumpanya mula sa vaccine procurement program ng gobyerno, dahil kung mapapatupad ito, magpapabagal lang lalo ito sa roll out ng bakuna sa buong populasyon. READ MORE

Villanueva: Harm done, but eased restrictions on returning Filipinos still welcome

March 19, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva welcomed the easing of restrictions on returning Filipinos from foreign countries after authorities rescinded a guideline it issued earlier this week which triggered a wave of disruptions on travel plans of Filipinos eager to come home. READ MORE

Villanueva: Gusot sa pag-uwi ng mga Pilipino mula abroad, plantsado na

March 19, 2021

Ikinalugod ni Senator Joel Villanueva ang pagbawi sa patakaran kamakailan na magbabawal sa pag-uwi ng mga Pilipino mula sa ibang bansa na nagdulot ng aberya sa mga kababayan natin na nais bumalik ng Pilipinas. READ MORE

Villanueva, umaapela sa gobyerno na huwag ipagbawal ang mga pauwing OFWs; ‘Obligasyon nating tulungan silang mga bagong bayani’

March 18, 2021

Hinikayat ni Senador Joel Villanueva ang gobyerno na huwag ipagbawal ang mga papauwing mga Pilipino mula sa labas ng bansa, dahil unti-unting nauubos ang kanilang naitabing savings para sa kanilang pamilya habang sila ay stranded sa ibayong-dagat. READ MORE

Villanueva asks gov't to reconsider ban on returning OFWs; 'They are our assets, why treat them like liabilities?

March 18, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva appealed to the government to reconsider its ban on returning Filipinos, saying every minute they are stranded overseas, their resources get depleted to the detriment of their families back home. READ MORE

OPENING REMARKS Department of Overseas Filipino (DOFIL)

March 18, 2021

Maganda at mapagpalang araw po. This is our 4th public hearing on the DOFIL, including that hearing in December 2020 before the bill was certified by the President. One of the eleven (11) bills in consideration is SB 1949 which is certified as urgent by the President. READ MORE

Villanueva: Panatilihin ang trabaho sa pamamagitan ng surveillance testing

March 16, 2021

Giniit ni Senator Joel Villanueva ang kahalagahan ng surveillance testing upang mapanatili ang trabaho habang pataas ang bilang ng mga bagong kaso ng COVID-19. READ MORE

Villanueva: Keep jobs alive through surveillance tests

March 16, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva stressed the crucial role that surveillance testing play in keeping millions of jobs alive amid another surge in cases of COVID-19. He said regular, random testing in workplaces could detect sources of coronavirus and stem its transmission and risks of workers bringing the virus home. READ MORE

Villanueva: Pagbaba sa optional retirement age para sa kawani ng gobyerno, hindi magreresulta sa staffing shortage

March 15, 2021

Magbubukas ng maraming oportunidad para sa susunod na henerasyon ng mga civil servant ang pag-adjust sa optional retirement age ng mga kawani ng pamahalaan, ayon kay Senator Joel Villanueva. READ MORE

Villanueva: Lowering optional retirement age for gov’t workers won’t result in staffing shortage

March 15, 2021

Adjusting the optional retirement age for government workers would open up opportunities for the next generation of civil servants and allow retirees to enjoy the next phase of their lives, according to Senator Joel Villanueva. READ MORE

Villanueva hails Senate ratification of Labor Education bill

March 15, 2021

The Senate ratified on Monday afternoon the bicameral conference committee report on the labor education bill, a measure that seeks to improve education and awareness on labor laws, according to Senator Joel Villanueva. READ MORE

Villanueva urges PSA: Issue clear policy to gov’t agencies on lifetime validity of birth certificates

March 14, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva called on the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to clear the air with all government agencies on the lifetime validity of birth certificates, and deal away with the unnecessary need of securing the document issued within the past six months. READ MORE

Villanueva sa PSA: Linawin sa lahat ng ahensya ng gobyerno ang lifetime validity ng birth certificates

March 14, 2021

Hiniling ni Senator Joel Villanueva sa Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) na linawin sa mga kapwa nito ahensya ng gobyerno ang lifetime validity ng mga birth certificate, at alisin na ang pangangailangan sa mga aplikante na kumuha ng dokumentong ito na inisyu sa nakalipas na anim na buwan. READ MORE

Villanueva: Jailing quarantine violators will just add to COVID-19 spread

March 13, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva asked law enforcers to enforce quarantine rules but spare violators from jail, saying it could simply add to cases of coronavirus infections. READ MORE

Villanueva: Vaccine roll-out must go on a fast-break to jumpstart recovery of jobs, economy

March 11, 2021

The government's vaccination drive must go on a fast-break to meet its target number of beneficiaries, and loosen movement restrictions that affect workers and hamper economic activity, according to Senator Joel Villanueva. READ MORE

Villanueva: Pag-arangkada ng vaccine roll-out, susi sa panunumbalik ng trabaho at sigla ng ekonomiya

March 11, 2021

Hinikayat ni Senator Joel Villanueva ang gobyerno na pabilisin pa ang programa sa pagbabakuna laban sa COVID-19 upang maabot ang target na bilang ng benepisyaryo at masimulan nang luwagan ang mga restrictions sa paggalaw na nakakaapekto sa mga manggagawa at sa ating ekonomiya. READ MORE

Villanueva, hinimok ang IATF na pabilisin ang roll-out ng bakuna, at isama ang essential workers sa mga bibigyan

March 10, 2021

Hiniling ni Senator Joel “TESDAMAN” Villanueva sa IATF na pabilisin pa ang roll out ng bakuna laban sa COVID-19 upang makasabay na rin sa mga mabibigyan ng proteksyon laban sa sakit ang mga essential workers. READ MORE

Villanueva files bill expanding protection of women against discrimination at work

March 10, 2021

While negotiations are ongoing between the government and pharmaceutical firms who intend to supply COVID-19 vaccine for the country’s inoculation program... READ MORE

Villanueva: Women are key to success against the pandemic

March 8, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva today stressed the key role that women play in defeating the pandemic, saying that female leadership would make it impossible not to emerge victorious against the most serious health crisis gripping the Philippines and the rest of the world. READ MORE

Villanueva: Review protocols on workers’ deployment to curb OFW abuses, especially on women

March 8, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva called for a thorough review of protocols on deployment of workers, citing data from the Department of Labor and Employment which showed that the most abused OFWs are household service workers, who are mostly, if not all are women. READ MORE

Statement of Senator Joel Villanueva, chair of the Senate labor committee, on the 2020 unemployment rate of 10.3% or about 4.5 million unemployed workers

March 8, 2021

The only way to revive the economy and restore jobs and opportunities, especially for our workers and our MSMEs is hinged on the immediate roll out of the vaccination program. It cannot be overemphasized that our essential workers---our economic frontliners---be next in the vaccination line after medical frontliners. Before our workers can roll up their sleeves to work, they must roll them up to get their shots. READ MORE

Opening Remarks of Senator Joel Villanueva, chair of the Senate labor committee on the continuation of public hearing into the creation of the Department of Overseas Filipinos

March 8, 2021

Nasa iba’t ibang time zones man po ang ating mga kababayang overseas, ‘yung pangungumusta mula sa Pilipinas, wala pong pinipiling oras para makaramdam sila ng ginhawa sa pakiramdam. READ MORE

Villanueva on DoFil: ‘We want new agency for OFWs, not bureaucrats’

March 6, 2021

The Senate will buckle down to work again on Monday to hammer out the “nitty gritty” of creating a Department of Overseas Filipinos (DoFil) that won’t be just a change of agency name but one truly empowered to protect and promote the rights and welfare of millions of migrant Filipino workers. READ MORE

Statement of Senator Joel Villanueva on the passing of Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ

March 6, 2021

While Fr. Joaquin Bernas’ passing brings sadness to the countless whose lives he touched, it also gives us the chance to celebrate his life. READ MORE

Villanueva to DOLE: Issue clear guidelines upholding workers’ rights vs “no vaccination, no work” policy

March 4, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva warned against discriminating workers who opt out from vaccination programs implemented by their employers, saying instead of forcing workers to be inoculated, confidence building efforts should be carried out in the company, instead of threats of termination from employment. READ MORE

Villanueva: Vico Sotto showed fight vs corruption has ‘no gray area’

March 2, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva, whose early and continuing work in Congress involved fighting corruption, asked the Senate to commend Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto for being among 12 “Anti-Corruption Champions” in the world picked by the US State Department, saying the young mayor showed there was no “gray area” in good governance. READ MORE

Villanueva sets aside school hoops rivalry, backs citizenship for Ateneo standout

March 2, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva endorsed at the Senate the grant of Filipino citizenship to Ateneo standout Ange Kouame, who is being eyed by Gilas Pilipinas as its naturalized player for the upcoming 2021 FIBA Regional Qualifiers. READ MORE

Villanueva: Economy can recover only if workers vaccinated

March 2, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva pressed for the vaccination of workers as soon as possible, saying it was the only way for the economy to recover. READ MORE

CO-SPONSORSHIP SPEECH: KAKOU ANGE FRANCK WILLIAMS KOUAME

March 2, 2021

As a Filipino, a former member of the National Team, and a basketball enthusiast, it is my honor to support the granting of Philippine citizenship to Mr. Kakou Ange Franck Williams Kouame. READ MORE

Statement of Senator Joel Villanueva on the roll out of the government's vaccination program:

March 1, 2021

1,000 shots given, 100 million more to go. The journey of a hundred million shots begins with a single jab. READ MORE

Villanueva, ikinadismaya ang peligrong inabot ng mga manggagawa, sibilyan sa bakbakan ng PNP-PDEA sa Commonwealth

February 27, 2021

Kinuwestyon ni Senator Joel Villanueva ang pagpapasya ng mga awtoridad na sangkot sa nabigong buy-bust operation noong Miyerkules na naglagay sa peligro sa mga manggagawa ng fast-food chain, inosenteng bystanders at tumatangkilik, maging ang mga delivery personnel matapos magbarilan ang mga pulis at narcotics agents sa isa’t isa. READ MORE

Villanueva dismayed workers, civilians could have been hurt in PNP-PDEA clash

February 27, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva questioned the judgment of law enforcement agencies involved in the bungled buy-bust operations on Wednesday that endangered the lives of workers of a fast-food chain, innocent bystanders and patrons, as well as delivery personnel after cops and narcotics agents opened fire at one another. READ MORE

Villanueva: COVID-19 vaccination program law leaves no more room for alibis in delays

February 26, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva is confident that the newly-signed COVID-19 vaccination program law will help end the lack of vaccines “and erase the shame of our being last in the ASEAN to get one.” READ MORE

Villanueva rejects health 'workers-for-vaccine' barter

February 25, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva on Thursday rejected suggestions that the Philippines send health workers to the United Kingdom or Germany in exchange for vaccines, saying the move should not be the answer to some officials’ impatience over the arrival of vaccine supplies. READ MORE

Villanueva hails passage of Labor Ed bill; ‘We are one step closer to an empowered workforce'

February 22, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva hailed the Senate approval on third and final reading the measure that, if enacted into law, would require tertiary education institutions and tech-voc training institutes to integrate labor education subjects in their general education curriculum. READ MORE

MANIFESTATION ON THE APPROVAL OF THE LABOR EDUCATION BILL ON THIRD READING

February 22, 2021

Mr. President and distinguished colleagues: It is not easy to look at the state of our workers this year. The pandemic has caused many of them to be laid-off or to experience pay cuts. Marami po sa ating mga manggagawa ang magsasabing mahirap mag-demand sa kanilang mga labor rights ngayon. Mas mainam na raw pong bawasan ang sweldo nila kesa naman walang trabaho. READ MORE

Villanueva: Itaguyod ang National Emergency Medical Service gamit ang 5,000 nars sa hanay ng BFP

February 16, 2021

Higit sa limang libong bumbero sa buong bansa ay mga gradweyt ng nursing, na masasabing “malaking professional pool na magagamit bilang backbone ng isang National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) na wala pa rin sa ating bansa,” ayon kay Senator Joel Villanueva. READ MORE

CO-SPONSORSHIP SPEECH Vaccine Procurement Act

February 16, 2021

An Act Expediting the Procurement and Administration of Vaccines for the Protection Against the Coronavirus Disease 2019, Providing Funds Therefore and for Other Purposes READ MORE

Villanueva: Department of Overseas Filipinos, napapanahon na!

February 15, 2021

“Isa sa bawat sampung Pilipino ay nasa ibang bansa. Kung nasa isang bansa po ang lahat ng ating mga kababayang overseas Filipino, ito ang magiging pang-91st pinakamaliking populasyon sa buong mundo. Mas malaki pa kaysa sa population ng Sweden, Austria, UAE, Israel, o Switzerland ang bilang ng mga Pilipino sa ibayong dagat.” READ MORE

OPENING REMARKS Hearing on Department of Overseas Filipinos

February 15, 2021

Department of Overseas Filipino By Senator Joel Villanueva Maganda at mapagpalang umaga, tanghali, hapon, gabi, at hatinggabi po sa inyong lahat. READ MORE

CLOSING REMARKS Department of Overseas Filipino By Senator Joel Villanueva

February 15, 2021

While negotiations are ongoing between the government and pharmaceutical firms who intend to supply COVID-19 vaccine for the country’s inoculation program... READ MORE

Villanueva: Senate labor committee begins hearings into creation of Department of Overseas Filipinos

February 14, 2021

Discussions into the creation of a new government department handling exclusively the issues of overseas Filipinos are set to resume when the Senate labor committee continues its public hearing into several legislative proposals on Monday. READ MORE

Villanueva backs gradual reopening of colleges; calls on CHED, DOH to strictly monitor health protocols

February 12, 2021

The chair of the Senate committee on higher education is backing government’s decision to gradually reopen colleges for face-to-face classes, beginning with those in health and medical courses. READ MORE

Villanueva: Government response to pandemic needs an immediate booster shot

February 11, 2021

President Duterte’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is so dismal that it needs “an immediate booster shot,” Senator Joel Villanueva said, reacting to a recent survey showing that the Philippine government got the lowest approval rating for its response to the pandemic among Southeast Asian countries. READ MORE

Statement of Sen. Joel Villanueva on PRRD's decision to stop implementation of car seats law

February 11, 2021

Mabuti at sinita ng Pangulo. Siya naman talaga ang ating traffic enforcer-in-chief. Maraming matutuwa na hindi nya pinalusot ito. READ MORE

Villanueva calls to defer implementation of New Motor Vehicle Inspection System

February 9, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva has sought the suspension of the implementation of the New Motor Vehicle Inspection System (MVIS) as transport regulators and private-owned motor vehicle inspection centers (PMVIC) failed to demonstrate preparedness to consistently and fairly implement new vehicle registration standards. READ MORE

Villanueva: CREATE bill slashes costs of cancer medication

February 7, 2021

Once enacted into law by President Duterte, the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) bill will result in a more affordable cancer treatment as the measure will exempt cancer prevention medication from the Value Added Tax, Senator Joel Villanueva said today. READ MORE

Villanueva: Senate rules committee green-lights hearings into proposed body for OFW concerns

February 3, 2021

Hearings on the proposed establishment of new government departments, including one solely to handle concerns of overseas Filipino workers, have received the green light to proceed, according to Senator Joel Villanueva. READ MORE

Villanueva: Ratified CREATE bill to cushion impact of automation on employment

February 3, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva lauded Congress’ ratification of the proposed Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) law that would now cover training incentives to cushion the impact of automation in employment and upskill workers. READ MORE

Manifestation on the Ratification of CREATE Bill

February 3, 2021

Mr. President, at this juncture, I would like to thank and congratulate the Chairperson of the Committee on Ways and Means, Senator Pia Cayetano, for ably and tirelessly sponsoring such a complex legislation that is the CREATE or the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act. READ MORE

Villanueva: Senate labor committee, itutuloy na ang mga hearing sa pagtatatag ng departamento para sa mga OFW

February 1, 2021

Nagbigay na ng clearance ang Senate Committee on Rules sa mga iba’t ibang kumite ng Senado na dinggin ang mga panukalang pagtatatag ng mga panibagong departamento sa pamahalaan, kabilang ang Department of Filipinos Overseas, ayon kay Senador Joel Villanueva. READ MORE

Villanueva: DOFW hearing, kasado na

February 1, 2021

Nagbigay na ng clearance ang Senate Committee on Rules sa mga iba’t ibang kumite ng Senado na dinggin ang mga panukalang pagtatatag ng mga panibagong departamento sa pamahalaan, kabilang ang Department of Filipinos Overseas, ayon kay Senador Joel Villanueva. READ MORE

Villanueva welcomes expansion of government priority list in inoculation program

January 8, 2021

The government has expanded its priority list in its COVID-19 vaccination program to include essential workers, heeding the call of Senator Joel Villanueva who sought their inclusion as early as December last year given their vital role in ensuring basic services are provided to the people. READ MORE

Villanueva: Isama sa prayoridad ng vaccination program ang mga essential workers tulad ng delivery riders, tindero sa palengke, construction workers, atbp.

January 7, 2021

Iginiit ni Senator Joel Villanueva ang kahalagahan na isama ang mga manggagawa sa vaccination program ng gobyerno, lalo na ang mga minimum wage earners, na nagbibigay ng mga essential services sa mga mamamayan. READ MORE

Villanueva, hiniling sa IATF na simulan na ang pagbabalangkas ng panuntunan para sa priority list ng COVID-19 vaccination program

January 6, 2021

Hiniling ni Senator Joel Villanueva sa Inter-Agency Task Force na simulan na ang pagbalangkas ng listahan ng benepisyaryo para sa COVID-19 vaccination program upang makasigurong hindi magkakaroon ng overlap sa pagbabahagi ng bakuna. READ MORE

Villanueva files bill seeking to defer SSS contribution hike.

January 5, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva has filed a bill seeking to defer the implementation of the Social Security System (SSS) one-percent hike on the members' monthly contribution this month, citing the economic hardships already faced by both workers and employers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

Villanueva: Essential workers like delivery riders, market attendants, construction workers must be included in govt’s inoculation plan.

January 4, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva reiterated the need to include workers in the government’s vaccination program, particularly those earning minimum wage, saying the ability to sustain the country’s economic recovery relies heavily on inoculating those providing essential services to the public. READ MORE

Estado ng COVID-19 Vaccination Program ng gobyerno: Nasaan na po ba tayo?

January 3, 2021

Isang ligtas at mapagpalang araw po sa ating lahat. Tatlong bagay lamang po: UNA, nagsumite po tayo ng hiwalay na Senate Resolution 598 dahil gusto po nating matiyak na prayoridad ang ating mga manggagawa, lalo na ang mga essential workers, sa isasagawang National Covid-19 Vaccination Program. READ MORE

Villanueva’s Doktor para sa Bayan Law gets sufficient funding in the newly signed 2021 Budget.

January 2, 2021

The 2021 national budget has sufficient funding to support the implementation of the Doktor para sa Bayan Act, which has been signed into law recently by President Duterte, according to Senator Joel Villanueva. READ MORE

Villanueva calls on IATF: Start drawing up guidelines on priority list to avoid overlaps in vaccine roll out

January 1, 2021

While negotiations are ongoing between the government and pharmaceutical firms who intend to supply COVID-19 vaccine for the country’s inoculation program... READ MORE