In a recently concluded press conference, AFAB Administrator Emmanuel Pineda stressed that their mandate is the creation of jobs, and to take care of the welfare of the workers especially those who were displaced due to the pandemic, hence they are supportive to their investors.
Pineda said that before the pandemic, they have a total of 44k workers, to date, about 10k workers had been displaced and that they have been addressing this concern since day one. In fact, they even created job order positions as health screening assistants, so that they will earn while looking for a better job. They also signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with TESDA to train workers to sew PPE’s, and so far two batches have finished the training.
one of their continuing project for the workers to have a means of income but the bigger weapon, so to speak, to fight workers displacement
However, Pineda said that AFAB’s best “weapon” to fight displacement is their amended charter, RA 11453, granting AFAB the authority to expand anywhere in Bataan; so instead of workers going to Mariveles to work, jobs will now be created in their towns, which is the very vision of Gov. Abet and Cong Joet Garcia for Bataenos.