ADMINISTRATION senatorial candidate Joel Villanueva opened the campaign period strong in Quezon City (Metro Manila), as thousands of his supporters cheered, danced the Zumba and then formed a giant human word bearing his moniker in the 2016 elections—“Tesdaman.”
At the sprawling Amoranto Complex, thousands of tsupporters gathered to pitch for Villanueva’s campaign and ensure victory in the May polls.
“I want to thank you all for being here today. You will be the backbone of this campaign,” Villanueva told the crowd.
Villanueva and his family were joined by Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte to express support for his senatorial bid.
He will run on a platform focused on addressing pressing issues facing Filipinos today: Trabaho (Jobs); Edukasyon (Education); Serbisyo (Service); Dignidad (Dignity); and Asenso (Progress).
“Our platform is backed by our track record centered on quality and relevant education and sustainable jobs for the people. We will continue to pursue this at the Senate,” Villanueva said.
Primed and persevering to secure a Senate seat, he underscored the value of effective legislation in education and job creation.
Legislation offers an opportunity to deepen reforms in key sectors such as education, agriculture, investments and business to ramp up job creation, Villanueva said.
During his stint as director general the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), the technical vocational education sector had around 10 million enrollees.
Of these, nine million graduated from their courses, based on Tesda data from January 2010 to September 2015.
Villanueva, 40, received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree, major in Economics, from the University of Santo Tomas in 1996.