On the appointment of Ambassador Locsin as DFA Secretary
October 13, 2018
“This is one of the rare times that “the best and the brightest“ rule in presidential appointments has been followed. If diplomacy is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip, Teddy Boy has this skill in abundance. Rarely can you find a man who can quote the classics but can curse like a stevedore. He will use his formidable knowledge in wor
Sa panahon ngayon na pinagpatong-patong ang pasanin ng mga Pilipino mula sa mahal na pagkain at bilihin gawa ng inflation, mataas na presyo ng langis at sadsad na halaga ng piso, magiging madali naman sigurong makakuha ng suporta sa ating kapwa mambabatas upang agad mapawalang bisa itong CPD Act. ... See MoreSee Less
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said government revenues from the multi-billion-peso casino and lotto income, plus sin tax collections will be funneled to Universal Health Care so that it would not go unfunded.
“The tax on vices will fund the good virtue of health-for-all,” Recto said. “The UHC bill is like a doctor’s prescription. It would be useless if there is no money to buy the medicines. And the bill earmarks a raft of funding sources. One enemy of health care is anemic funding.”
He said incremental sin tax collections —from tobacco and alcohol products—are now pledged to the UHC.
I will be introducing a bill that will repeal Republic Act 10912, or the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Law. Like many pieces of legislation, its intention was good, but not its implementation.
It is not the first time that what was appealing in theory, failed in practice. And because no law is written in stone, Congress, which bears collective responsibility for its passage, should correct the mistake it has made.
Pulling the plug on the CPD experiment should give all of us time to ponder other means of improving professional competence without the coercive force of the CPD model.
I am confident that together, we can find a system for professional development that will be embraced by all without the disruptions, inconveniences and the high expenses the present one causes.
Senate offices have been bombarded by appeals from professionals in all disciplines, from all over the country, especially teachers and nurses, who protest against the hurdles in getting CPD credits and their PRC licenses renewed. A large nurses alliance, for example, complained that nurses lack the money and the time to complete the 45 CPD units which can cost between P15,000 to P30,000. In one online poll reportedly conducted by the PRC, 90 percent of the respondents want CPD abolished.
At a time when red tape is being shredded, rules simplified, the period of validity of licenses lengthened, I.T. maximized for remote transaction and even online learning, compulsory requirements of dubious value like CPD go against this trend.
It is time for Congress to heed the clamor of 3.2 million registered Filipino professionals to unburden them of this law.
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Incremental sin tax collections - mostly from tobacco and alcohol products - are now pledged to #UniversalHealthCare. In addition, 50 percent of the national share from PAGCOR income will likewise go to UHC, and so will 40 percent of the "charity fund" of PCSO. It is better for our health institutions to direct where funds must go than for state gaming bodies to triage who will receive help or not. ... See MoreSee Less
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto is a competent, dedicated and diplomatic public servant. His devotion to family and community, unrelenting desire to make a better life for others, consummate passion for his work, and interactive leadership style serve as the firm foundation upon which he built a reputation as a young and committed leader whether as a legislator or a national executive.