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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



14 September 2021 01:56:55 PM

The House Committee on Civil Service and Professional Regulation, in a meeting presided over by Rep. Manuel Cabochan III (Party-list, MAGDALO) Tuesday, approved House Bill 9621 authored by Deputy Speaker Rose Marie Arenas and HB 9842 by Rep. Cheryl Deloso-Montalla (2nd District, Zambales), which would institute the Magna Carta for Non-Uniformed Personnel (NUP). In his opening remarks, Cabochan said that these measures recognize the importance of NUPs in providing administrative, technical, and support services to the armed forces and other uniformed agencies. Arenas explained that the proposed magna carta seeks to improve the wellbeing of all NUPs, as well as address their long-standing issues on pay, long work hours, unsafe working conditions, lack of benefits, social protection, and job security. Deloso-Montalla echoed the sentiments of her colleague, noting that some NUPs are also exposed to high-risk environments, such as crossfires, ambushes, as well as hostage-taking. The panel then approved the consolidation of HBs 9621 and 9842. Cabochan assured stakeholders that their comments and official position papers would be considered in drafting the substitute bill. Meanwhile, the committee also passed the committee report and substitute bill to HBs 5886, 6248, 8452, and 9484, which would professionalize the paralegal practice in the Philippines. For this purpose, a Professional Regulatory Board for Paralegals would be established under the Professional Regulation Commissiont to be in-charge of licensing and regulating the profession. Rep. Lorna Silverio (3rd District, Bulacan), author of HB 6248, said creating the Board would ensure the proper implementation of the proposed Act.