OFWs, LABOR FORCE, and UNEMPLOYMENT

1. Cash Allowance for Teachers:

One of Senator Lacson’s institutional amendments for fiscal years 2017 and 2018: For FY 2017, his amendment was to increase the appropriations for Cash Allowance to Teachers from P1,500 to P2,500. This was adopted in the 2017 GAA. Similarly, for FY 2018, his amendment was to increase the appropriations from P2,500 to P5,000, but only P3,500 was adopted. The increases in the funding for the Cash Allowance to Teachers have been championed by Senator Lacson during budget deliberations over the years.

Medical Examination for Public Schools Teachers by the amount of P910,209,000 for teachers nationwide, covering the 10,000 new teacher requirements, who perform frontline services, among which is the distribution of modules in public schools and food packs under the School-based Feeding Program

2. Nurses:

Through the efforts of Senator Lacson, the 2020 Budget included a special provision, “Increasing the Salary Grade of Government Nurses”, where the base pay of government nurses shall be Salary Grade 15, in compliance with the Supreme Court’s decision (G.R. 215746). With this Special Provision, the DBM was able to have a legal cover to upgrade the entry-level salaries of government nurses through Budget Circular 2020-4.

“Definitely, no amount is enough to show our appreciation for the sacrifices and hard work of our nurses, especially those in the front lines. Still, this pay increase – which was sought even before the COVID pandemic hit – will be of help to them in one way or another.”

3. Prevention of Child Labor:

Sen. Lacson championed the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program. Through his amendment in the 2021 National Budget, the appropriations for the program under the DOLE-Office of the Secretary for Welfare Services increased by P52,132,000 in the 2021 budget

4. Digitization to Address Joblessness:

“First kailangan ma-address ang pandemic yan ang top priority. Ang long-term ang economy natin kasi tayo na lang nagpapahuli sa digitization.”

“We can find solutions to unemployment and loss of jobs kung sumisibol ang economy. So we must innovate and adapt to the prevailing situation.”

“We are in consultation with qualified resource persons to craft a master plan to address all these issues.”

5. Legislative Output:

* Senate Bill 1380: An Act Mandating All Barangays to Create a Registry of Skilled Workers View/Download the bill (18th Congress)

* Senate Bill 253: Upgrading the Benefits and Incentives of Barangay Tanods. View/Download the bill (18th Congress)

* Senate Bill 252: Additional Barangay Captains’ Insurance Act of 2019

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