Villanueva lauds Duterte’s vow to end abuses against OFWs

Published July 24, 2018, 8:57 AM

by Patrick Garcia


By Freddie Velez

Sen. Joel Villanueva lauded on Tuesday President Duterte for giving emphasis to the government’s commitment to end abuses against overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) during his State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Sen. Joel Villanueva (Senate of the Philippines Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)
Sen. Joel Villanueva
(Senate of the Philippines Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)


The senator said it is indeed important to cooperate with host nations to implement policies that will protect the well-being of OFWs.

He said, they also appreciate the value President Rodrigo Duterte has given to the passage of the End Endo Bill, and added that he is confident that the passage of this bill will contribute to the end of labor abuses and promote workers’ right to security of tenure.

“With regard to TRAIN 2, we are in favor of reducing the fiscal leakages from wasteful incentives and lowering of corporate tax rates to make the country more competitive. At the minimum, we will need a clear framework in identifying industries that will be incentivized for generating quality jobs and for contributing significant growth to our economy,” he said.

Villanueva said the other tax packages are also most welcomed particularly the tax on mining and tobacco. He is also pushing for the passage of the Enhanced Universal Health Care Act, a comprehensive health system which he believes will greatly improve the welfare of the public.