Jinggoy hails admin plans for overseas workers

(MANILA STANDARD) Sen. Jinggoy Estrada said he was pleased to learn about President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s plans on further improving employment opportunities and creating a better working environment for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

“Bolstering employment opportunities is essential for driving economic growth and reducing poverty in the country,” he said.

“By investing in infrastructure and fostering a business-friendly environment, this will undoubtedly contribute to job generation and an improved quality of life for all of us,” he added.

According  to Estrada, hearing the President outline his  plans to establish inclusive social services that cater to the diverse needs of Filipinos and prioritize healthcare, education, and social welfare shows his deep understanding of the challenges faced by our vulnerable communities and marginalized individuals.

Estrada said while the President did not mention the issue on West Philippine Sea, it is clear the current administration is focused on participating in dialogues and peaceful resolution of challenges in the country’s security.

“Such efforts will not only enhance regional cooperation,” said Estrada.

He said it will also provide hope for a more harmonious and secure future for our citizens and neighboring countries.

 “I am pleased to hear that some of the legislative agenda of the President align with those I am currently pursuing in the Senate, such as matters involving internet connectivity, digitalized government services, and many others,” he said.

Recently, he filed Senate Bill 2342, a measure instituting a nursing scholarship and return service program for deserving Filipino nursing students. The condition is that they will render a three-year mandatory return service and integration into the public health service system, in addition to their mandatory internship program through the Department of Health (DOH).

This initiative will complement the administration’s plans and programs in addressing the shortage of nurses caused by migration, which hinders the delivery of an effective healthcare system in the country. Macon Ramos-Araneta