The Construction Workers Solidarity (CWS) partylist has submitted their certificates of candidacy (COC) for the national elections in 2022. Tirso Edwin Gardiola and Engr. Earel Benedicto Gardiola, both of Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas, led the partylist candidates, which also included Melanie Joy Momo-Guno of Tandag, Surigao Del Sur. Guno is the daughter of CWS partylist politician Romeo Momo, who is now serving in Congress.
The CWS partylist was formed with the purpose of supporting and protecting construction workers by ensuring that they are treated fairly and that their needs and concerns about construction are addressed by their employers and the government.
A national decree for a tight lockdown trapped hundreds of laborers and construction workers at construction sites and barracks in 2020. They had to go months without any money or other means of subsistence during that time. They also received just a little amount of help from the local authorities.
CWS Partylist aided workers in Tanza and Imus in Cavite, Ugong in Valenzuela City; Las Pinas City, Malate in Manila; Tabacalera, Pateros; Quirino Highway in Quezon City; Daan Tubo in UP Diliman Campus; Bangkal in Makati; Guerilla Street in Marikina City; Cagayan De Oro City; and those stranded at Grand Westside Hotel, Solaire, CWS Partylist also provided various sorts of support to local governments and the general people around the country.
With the national government’s Build, Build, Build initiative, the CWS partylist will be more active in guaranteeing the welfare of the country’s construction workers, who remain a disadvantaged group.