VOTING 220 in the affirmative with no negative vote and abstention, the House on Monday approved on third and final reading House Bill 2378 or An Act Declaring the City of San Jose Del Monte (SJDM) in the Province of Bulacan as the Human Resource Capital of the Philippines.
SJDM Rep. Florida “Rida” P. Robes, principal author of the bill, said the measure recognizes SJDM, which is the preferred government site for human relocation, as haven of human resource capital which can be tapped by the government for skills and livelihood training programs to promote employment and accelerate economic and social growth.
The bill mandates the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) “to formulate policies and implement plans and programs for the enhancement of the city’s human resources such the establishment of training centers, the delivery of skills and livelihood training programs and the promotion of quality technical-vocational education.”
Rep. Florida “Rida” P. Robes, principal author of the bill, expressed her gratitude to the House of Representatives for approving the bill saying this will enable hundreds of thousands of residents from the 40 relocation sites in the city and 150 residential subdivisions to gain skills and livelihood training for their eventual employment.
“We have a huge human resource pool just waiting to be trained and tapped for employment. As a human resource capital, the city will become a haven to training institutes that will enhance the
capabilities of the residents of the city and neighboring towns. As such, its approval is deemed a response to the call to alleviate poverty by tapping human resource as a means to improve the economy,” Robes said.
The bill is co-authored by Reps. Enrico Pineda, Michael Aglipay, Mark Go, Ma. Theresa Collantes, Leonardo Babasa Jr., Fernando Cabredo, Rowena Niña Taduran, Cheryl Delloso-Montalla, Ferdinand Gaite and Lawrence Fortun.