Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go expressed his commitment to review the controversial Continuing Professional Development (CPD) law, uplift the plight of workers, and to pursue higher pay for nurses and teachers.
“We will be looking into amending the current Continuing Professional Development Law that has caused burden to our professionals,” Go said at the 18th National Public Employment Services Offices (PESO) Congress held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City last Friday.
The CPD law is a program for all regulated professions which requires the renewal of professional licenses and accreditation, as well as the undergoing a number of units of trainings and seminars to ensure the continued enhancement of the professional workforce. The CPD law has received criticism for the cost of the seminars and trainings. Practicing professionals like nurses and teachers have decried the difficulties in cost and scheduling they now have to face to get the required number of units and renew their licenses.
“More than anything, as part of our mandate to provide Filipinos with proper employment and remuneration, I am with the Filipino nation in striving for higher pay for our professionals such as nurses and teachers,” he added.
Go’s senatorial platform stands on providing better working environments for Filipinos and boosting the overall quality of living for citizens. Should he get a Senate seat, Go has also promised to address the high inflation rates burdening the people. He also pushes for better healthcare, which he pursues through the establishment of Malasakit Centers across the country.
“These steps I am addressing are things that are in line with DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) and PESO’s (Public Employment Service Offices) mission not just to provide employment but, a better working environment and overall, quality of living for every Filipino,” Go said.
Malasakit Centers are one-stop shops for the sick and their caregivers can get easy access to medical and financial assistance. Care and medicines would be provided for free, or at the lowest possible cost.
The centers would house offices from different government agencies, such as the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCor), Department of Health, and PhilHealth. Having these different agencies under one roof minimizes the hassle for patients seeking assistance.
So far, Go has helped to establish 15 Malasakit Centers nationwide.
Concluding his speech, Go thanked the public servants of DOLE and PESO for holding the Congress. The event aims to help Filipinos gain proper and better employment.
“Umaasa akong magtutulungan tayo para pagbutihin ang ating trabaho at iangat ang buhay ng bawat Pilipino (I’m hoping that we’ll work together in doing better in our own jobs and in raising the quality of life for every Filipino),” said Go.