Press Releases

Villanueva appeals to govt: Use unspent calamity funds to repair fire-hit PGH

May 16, 2021

The unused calamity funds could be used to jumpstart the efforts to “building back a better and bigger PGH.” READ MORE

Villanueva urges IATF to put up drive-thru or mega vaccination site for delivery riders, couriers

May 15, 2021

Delivery riders deserve to be “rewarded and protected for unselfishly serving as the lifeline to the outside world by people locked down in their homes and communities.” READ MORE

Villanueva: Drive-thru, home delivery, workplace, open churches, village-organized vaccinations key to more jabs

May 13, 2021

He also urged the IATF to act on the clamor of some private hospitals to participate in mass vaccinations. "We need all hands on deck. The more sites, the better." READ MORE

Villanueva: ‘State of calamity’ declaration vs ASF a big win for hard-hit local hog industry

May 11, 2021

The DA should now regularly update the public on what interventions are being done pursuant to this declaration. If the local hog industry were a patient in the ICU, it is then the duty of the DA to display the patient’s chart so the country would know if progress is being made and recovery is underway. READ MORE

Villanueva: DOFIL to help OFWs succeed in post-pandemic world

May 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

Strengthening the OWWA to help OFWs in reintegrating back to the country

May 10, 2021

Your committee wants to make sure that DOFIL will work now and in the post-COVID-19 world which, as many experts describe, “will be less open, less free, less prosperous, and more competitive." READ MORE

Villanueva: Encourage, not require, vaccination of OFWs in HK

May 5, 2021

But no matter how the vaccination is carried out, “mass education should precede mass vaccination,” Senator Joel Villanueva said. READ MORE

Villanueva: Sustain one-strike policy in BI, regular updating of case database to curb human trafficking

May 4, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva urged the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to sustain its “one-strike” policy against immigration officers and personnel involved in the trafficking of Filipinos, especially women, to foreign countries. READ MORE

Villanueva: With COVID-19 classified as workplace-illness, sick workers can run to govt for financial relief through ECC

May 3, 2021

Given the high risk of workers getting infected with the virus at the workplace, Senator Joel Villanueva said the policy would further convince COVID-stricken or asymptomatic workers to stay at home since there would be support coming from the government. READ MORE

Villanueva: Workers, small biz owners stand to benefit from proposed P8,000 wage subsidy program

May 2, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva expressed support to the proposed P8,000-wage subsidy program for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to help business owners retain their workers while economic activity gradually restarts with the easing of quarantine measures nationwide. READ MORE

Villanueva: ‘Worst-hit’ Filipino workers should be ‘biggest winner’ in gov’t recovery programs

April 30, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva today declared that the survival of the country’s economy greatly hinges on Filipino workers bouncing back from the ill effects of the pandemic with more government aid, more vaccines and more skills to cope with the “new normal.” READ MORE

Villanueva: Manggagawang Pilipino, dapat ‘biggest winner’ sa recovery programs ng gobyerno

April 30, 2021

Mabilis na makakabangon ang bansa sa kinasasadlakan nitong kahirapan dulot ng pandemya kapag tutugunan ng pamahalaan ang lahat ng pangangailangan ng manggagawang Pilipino, lalo na sa aspeto ng ayuda at bakuna, kasama na ang mga pagsasanay para sumabak sa “new normal.” READ MORE

Villanueva: Planong bakuna sa manggagawa ngayong Labor Day, ituloy-tuloy na!

April 29, 2021

“Hindi lang sa araw ng Mayo Uno, kung hindi dapat tuloy-tuloy na ang bakuna para sa ating mga manggagawa.” READ MORE

Villanueva: Labor Day jabbing of economic frontliners should kickstart massive vaccination drive for workers

April 29, 2021

The government’s plan to vaccinate a select group of workers on Labor Day “should go beyond the symbolic to something that is sustained,” according to Senator Joel Villanueva. READ MORE

Villanueva to DA: Aid to local hog farmers must arrive ahead of pork imports

April 28, 2021

Government assistance to devastated local pig farms must arrive ahead of pork imports, Senator Joel Villanueva said in warning agriculture officials that “farmers will feel betrayed if imports will flood the market, while aid to them will come in trickles.” READ MORE

Villanueva sa DA: Dapat mauna ang tulong sa lokal na magbababoy bago pork imports

April 28, 2021

“Bumabaha ng pork imports sa bansa, pero ga-patak naman ang tulong at ayuda sa ating mga magbababoy.” READ MORE

Villanueva: Isama ang healthcare workers sa Labor Day package para sa mga manggagawa

April 28, 2021

Kung anuman ang ihahayag ng Palasyo na karagdagang benepisyo para sa mga manggagawa nitong darating na Araw ng Paggawa, hindi umano dapat mawala sa mabibigyan ang libo-libong health frontliners ng bansa na patuloy na nagsasakripisyo upang labanan ang rumaragasang pandemya. READ MORE

Villanueva: Include perks for healthcare frontliners in govt's Labor Day package of benefits for workers

April 28, 2021

Whatever benefits for workers that the government would unveil on Labor Day, it should specifically include a package for healthcare workers, Senator Joel Villanueva stressed. READ MORE

Statement of Senator Joel Villanueva on China's call for the Philippines to stop maritime exercises in disputed territories

April 28, 2021

The intention is to patrol our seas, which involves a few civilian ships, less than 10, and not an armed floating militia numbering hundreds of vessels. READ MORE

Statement of Senator Joel Villanueva on the number of COVID-19 cases breaching the 1 million mark

April 26, 2021

The 1 million Filipinos infected by COVID-19 were only those who had been tested. The actual figure could be higher, or by one study, even five times more. READ MORE

Statement of Senator Joel Villanueva on the filing of Senate Resolution No. 707

April 26, 2021

We filed this resolution today to hold NTF-ELCAC accountable for its operations, including the baseless red tagging of community pantries and certain individuals. It is our responsibility as legislators to ensure that government programs do not harm the people we serve. READ MORE

Villanueva: house-to-house o drive-thru ‘bakunahan’ kontra COVID-19 para sa mga senior citizens

April 23, 2021

Iminungkahi ni Sen. Joel Villanueva sa gobyerno na dagdagan pa nito ang proteksyon sa lahat ng senior citizens sa bansa sa pamamagitan ng pagbabahay-bahay ng bakuna kontra COVID-19 sa kanila o sa pamamagitan ng pagtatalaga ng mga “drive-thru centers.” READ MORE

Villanueva: Don’t burden workers with PNP clearance to transact with DOLE

April 23, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva voiced opposition to the Philippine National Police (PNP) proposal to require workers to first present police clearance when transacting with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), saying it was like a “gate pass.” READ MORE

Villanueva: Bring vaccine jabs closer to seniors; consider house-to-house vaccination, ‘drive-thru’ centers

April 23, 2021

The government should consider piloting two new modes of vaccinating senior citizens, at home and drive-thru, which Senator Joel Villanueva said are the safest and the most convenient for the group most at-risk to COVID-19. READ MORE

Statement of Senator Joel Villanueva on NTF-ELCAC

April 22, 2021

My call to review, and realign the NTF-ELCAC budget to health and ayuda, conforms with the existing budget practice of realigning scarce funds to where these are more needed.  Naniniwala po ako na sangayon din ang mga kababayan dito. READ MORE

Villanueva: No need for excessive pork imports if we help local hog farmers

April 20, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva today declared that cutting tariffs and increasing the volume of imported pork would lead to a flooded meat market which would undermine efforts to get the country’s pig farmers back on their feet. READ MORE

Villanueva: Lalong malulugmok ang lokal na magbababoy sa inaasahang pagbaha ng imported pork sa bansa

April 20, 2021

Nangangamba si Senator Joel Villanueva sa tuluyang pagbaha ng imported pork sa bansa kapag natuloy ang implementasyon ng pagbaba sa taripa nito at pagtataas ng volume ng importasyon. READ MORE

Statement of Senator Joel Villanueva on community pantries

April 20, 2021

Community pantries should draw official support, not government suspicion. Imbis na paghinalaan, a public official, if he is true to his oath, must instead shower these bayanihan projects with PDA--public display of affection--as these are perfectly aligned with what the government is doing to help Filipinos cope with the pandemic. READ MORE

Villanueva: ‘Bayanihan spirit in action’ ang mga nagbubukas na community pantry

April 19, 2021

Nagbigay-pugay si Senator Joel Villanueva sa dose-dosenang community pantry na binuksan ng mga pribadong indibidwal sa iba’t ibang lugar upang tumulong sa mga nangangailangan. READ MORE

Statement of Senator Joel Villanueva on the updated list of essential workers for vaccination

April 16, 2021

Magandang balita po itong updated priority list of essential workers. Those who keep the public informed are as essential as those who teach, transport, feed, and protect us. By vaccinating them, we end up being protected as well. But in the case of our essential workers, there is double protection; aside from lives, livelihoods are likewise made safe. READ MORE

Villanueva: Speed up vaccination drive on essential workers to inject life back to sputtering PH economy

April 13, 2021

If the government wants to relax quarantine restrictions further and inject life back to the sputtering economy, then it must speed up the vaccination of essential workers in Mega Manila, which accounts for about two-thirds of the country’s economic output, Senator Joel Villanueva said today. READ MORE

Villanueva pushes for inclusion of media workers in gov’t priority list of essential workers to be vaccinated; ‘They are our information frontliners’

April 13, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva has sought the inclusion of workers in the media sector to be included in the government’s list of priority recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine, citing their indispensable work of providing “timely and truthful information” in the midst of the pandemic. READ MORE

Villanueva to DA: Prioritize the eradication of ASF; extend aid to hog farmers

April 12, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva called on the Department of Agriculture (DA) to ‘do everything in its power” to find a solution against the African swine flu (ASF) crisis, while at the same time providing aid to a now struggling local hog industry in danger of slaughter from calls to increase the importation of pork. READ MORE

OPENING REMARKS

April 12, 2021

Magandang araw po sa ating lahat. Nang mag-pork-holiday po at halos walang baboy sa mga palengke, marami po ang na-alerto. Ramdam po ‘yung epekto hanggang sa mga karinderia at hapag-kainan. Napakalapit po talaga ng isyung ito sa sikmura ng mga Pilipino. READ MORE

Villanueva, nanawagan para sa mabilis at maayos na pagpapatupad ng program kontra COVID-19

April 7, 2021

Nagpahayag ng suporta si Sen. Joel Villanueva sa pagtalakay tungkol sa panukalang Bayanihan 3 na maglalaan ng P420 bilyon para sa mga apektado ng COVID-19 crisis sa bansa, ngunit iginiit na dapat din daw tutukan ng pamahalaan ang maayos at mabilis na implementasyon ng mga kasalukuyang programa laban sa pandemya. READ MORE

Villanueva sa DOH: Magpatupad ng epektibong plano para sa naghihikahos na healthcare system ng Metro Manila

April 4, 2021

Hiniling ni Senator Joel Villanueva sa Department of Health (DOH) ang malinaw na plano upang sagipin ang healthcare system ng Metro Manila dahil napupuno na ang mga ospital sa NCR ng maysakit at sagad na rin ang mga hanay ng healthcare workers. READ MORE

Villanueva: Clear plan from DOH to manage overwhelmed healthcare system in Metro Manila needed

April 4, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva has sought from the Department of Health its plan to manage the stress in Metro Manila’s healthcare system as hospitals around the capital contend with overflow capacity and overstretched manpower. READ MORE

Statement of Senator Joel Villanueva on the expediting tripartite agreements with the private sector on its vaccine procurement

March 30, 2021

Private sector has the money and the DOH-NTF’s only equity is to speedily approve the tripartite agreement. Huwag na po sana natin ilagay sa 14-day quarantine ang mga private sector requests. Their offer should be treated like vaccines about to expire. READ MORE

Villanueva: Roll out ayuda to poor families, displaced workers, in areas under ECQ

March 29, 2021

The Cabinet should quickly roll out the “ayuda to the poor” which Malacanang guaranteed last week as forthcoming in areas under enhanced community quarantine, Senator Joel Villanueva said today. READ MORE

Villanueva sa IATF: Isama sa ECQ guidelines ang planong magiibsan sa dagsa ng COVID patients sa mga ospital

March 28, 2021

Hiniling ni Senator Joel Villanueva mula sa Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) kontra COVID-19 na palawigin ang ECQ directives nito upang maisama ang isang “urgent plan” kung paano maiibsan ang pagbuhos ng mga pasyente sa mga ospital. READ MORE

Villanueva recommends to IATF: Draw up ‘battle plan’ to decongest hospitals

March 28, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva is requesting the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to expand its enhanced community quarantine directives for Mega Manila with an “urgent plan” to save hospitals from being “completely overwhelmed” by COVID-19 cases. READ MORE

Villanueva: Authorize local health execs to reallocate unused vaccines on next priority groups, instead of shipping back to sender

March 26, 2021

Owing to the archipelagic nature of the country, local health officials should be given the authority to reallocate left over vaccines based on the priority framework in order to prevent their spoilage, Senator Joel Villanueva said today. READ MORE

Bakunang hindi nagamit, wag nang ibiyahe uli Villanueva: Natirang bakuna, gamitin sa ‘next priority groups’

March 26, 2021

Nananawagan si Sen. Joel Villanueva na magpatupad ang Department of Health (DOH) ng “No Return Policy” sa mga bakunang hindi nagamit at payagan na lamang ang mga local health executives sa mga syudad at probinsya na ibigay ang mga ito sa susunod na priority groups kung tapos na ang healthcare frontliners. READ MORE

Villanueva: Use vaccines now on essential workers before it expires

March 24, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva urged the government to start injecting vaccines into essential workers now instead of ending up throwing away vaccines that had expired, saying while health workers were on top of the priority list, other frontline workers deserved and needed to be vaccinated as soon as possible, too. READ MORE

Villanueva: Supilin ang trafficking ng mga OFW sa pamamagitan ng mga kasunduan sa mga host country

March 23, 2021

Iginiit ni Senator Joel Villanueva ang kahalagahan ng mga kasunduan sa pagitan ng mga bansang kung saan nagtatrabaho ang mga overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) upang maiwasan sila maging biktima ng mga sindikato ng human trafficking. READ MORE

Villanueva: Curb trafficking of Filipinos through pacts with host countries

March 23, 2021

Senator Joel Villanueva stressed the importance of having agreements with countries that host overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to prevent Filipino jobseekers from falling prey to human trafficking syndicates. READ MORE

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