MANILA (UPDATE) — Reelected Senator Joel Villanueva on Monday took his oath as a legislator in the 19th Congress.
His oath-taking ceremony was held at the historic Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan, where the First Philippine Republic was established.
His childhood friend, Barangay Bunlo, Bocaue chairman Robin Del Rosario, administered his oath.
Now on his second term, Villanueva promised to continue his advocacy on job creation.
Prior to his Senate stint, Villanueva served as chief of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) from 2010 to 2015, under the administration of the late President Benigno Aquino III.
"Trabaho pa rin ang trabaho natin, trabaho ang magbibigay oportunidad sa ating mga kababayan. At kapag maraming oportunidad, mas lalakas ang demokrasyang itinaguyod ng mga bayani dito sa Barasoain," he said.
(We will still seek to generate more jobs that will also generate opportunities for our fellowmen. When there are many opportunties, the democracy that was built by our heroes here in Barasoain will strengthen.)
He also promised to file more bills that would give better benefits to workers.
"Ito ang inspirasyon ko, para mas maraming Pilipino ang magbenepisyo sa mga isinusulong nating batas," he said.
(This is my inspiration, that more Filipinos will benefit from the laws that we push.)
Villanueva, a member of the Jesus is Lord Movement, explained why he chose to take his oath in front of the historic Barasoain, a prominent Catholic Church in Bulacan.
"Muli, gusto natin maging saksi, walang iba kundi ang Panginoong Diyos, dahil kapag ang Panginoong Diyos ang saksi, napakahirap baluktutin ang panata," he said.
(I want our Lord God to be my witness, because when He is our witness, our vows will be hard to break.)
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