Philippines, New Zealand Signed New Memorandums, Includes Quality Education

In the recently concluded ASEAN Summit held in the Philippines, the Filipinos will have good news about the bilateral talks of New Zealand and the Philippines.

Both countries agreed to a memorandum of cooperation for quality education.

According from the latest news reports through philstar.com, both the Philippines and New Zealand agreed to a memorandum of cooperation, wherein they want to provide quality education for the Filipino people.

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte agreed to the memorandum on Tuesday afternoon at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

Both leaders had bilateral talks and later on confirmed the agreement.

From the published information about the signed memorandum, it aims to deal with the “comparative analysis of bachelor degrees between the two nations,” which involved the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Philippines and New Zealand Qualification Authority.

The signing of the agreement happened after the talks that involve David Strachan (New Zealand Ambassador to the Philippines) and Patricia Licuanan (chairperson of CHED).

According to the statement of President Duterte, the memorandum is significant for the Filipinos to help them learned about education equality in New Zealand. He considered it as a good development for the country.

Based on the recorded data at present, there are over 50,000 Filipinos in New Zealand and about 4,000 are students there.

In line with this, the 37-year-old Prime Minister appreciated the time she spend in attending the ASEAN Summit and the Philippines.

“I see it as a real positive that my first personal visit outside New Zealand is to Southeast Asia. New Zealand has recognized the importance of this region for more than 40 years, but we have never been closer than we are today,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated during the signing of the agreements on November 14 as quoted by Rappler.

As for the data of the tourism department of the country, it recorded almost 29,800 tourists from New Zealand from 2016 until this year. In the other hand, almost 23,120 Filipinos went to New Zealand and this definitely showed great improvement for the past few years.

Besides the agreement to improve the quality of education and tourism, both nations likewise inked to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve their ties in airline transportation.

 

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FNU Reacts with the New CPD Act of 2016, Burden for Nurses and Other Professionals

From the latest reported news through Philippine Daily Inquirer, a nursing group revealed their disappointment about the latest requirements that the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has imposed for the renewal of their professional licenses.

The new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act covers such guideline.

According for the published news report online, the nursing group decided to express their voice over their disappointment when renewing their licenses as professional nurses in the Philippines.

“Given that the laws like RA (Republic Act No.) 9173 — or the Nursing Law of 2002 — and the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers, which uphold the best interests of nurses, are little implemented and generally disregarded and violated, now comes another law that will further burden the already weighed down nurses,” said the Filipino Nurses United (FNU) in their statement as quoted by the PDI.

The group added that this would be an addition burden for them, especially for those underpaid professional nurses already.

Based on the new guideline, a professional or a nurse can only renew the license after earning at least 45CPD units. The CPD Act is one of the bills authorized by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and approved by the PRC.

The commission however already the latest guidelines about the implementation of the law, which the professionals need to read and understand.

FNU added that, “This mandatory CPD is also an unnecessary burden for nurses who are unemployed or in nonnursing jobs or stationed in far-flung areas. [They] should not be barred from renewing his/her professional ID that has already been rightfully earned.”

The group likewise believed that although the new law is aiming to improve the performance of the nurses in their field of job, it appears that the focus of the CPD Act of 2016 is to meet the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) integration fundamentals.

From the point of view of Junven Lavapie, the integration permits citizens of other members of the ASEAN to enter the Philippines and practice their professions in the country. Unfortunately, professional Filipinos cannot do the same thing if they go to other Asian countries.

The 23-year-old Civil Engineer Lavapie likewise stated that, “We’d have to take exams or study for another few years again in their country to do so. The CPD law allows us to ‘fix’ this issue.”

In line with this issue, the Optometric Association of the Philippines (OAP) shared the same point of view with the FNU and asking for the review of the new implemented law.

Many affected professionals are certainly waiting for the action and decision of the PRC, on whether it makes changes or not.

 

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