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PIA Press Release
2006/10/27

Congressman Cerilles to help social workers

Zamboanga City (27 October) -- “Instead of pursuing the Magna Carta for Social Workers, let us go for re-nationalization.”

2nd District Congressman Antonio Cerilles told some 200 social workers in Region 9 during their 3rd Regional Social Welfare and Development Forum hosted by the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Sur held recently at the Amusement and Events Center, Capitol Complex, this city.

Cerilles explained that right now it is more practical to work for the re-nationalization of the devolved municipal and provincial social welfare and development offices rather than pushing for the approval of the Magna Carta which he said the local government units will never give in as it involves money.

Cerilles was the keynote speaker, who was tasked to discuss on a theme: “Building a Culture of Productivity and Empowerment.”

DSWD Regional Director Geraldine Valbuena who raised the issue during the open forum as she inquired from the Congressman when would be the Magna Carta for Social Workers approved for she has learned that it is still pending in the Office of Vice President Noli de Castro.

Cerilles answered the reason behind why up to now the bill is still pending because local government units cannot afford to give other benefits except for their salaries and wages.

The Congresman cited the sad experience of some local government officials who were sued by the devolved rural health workers for their failure to give what have been stipulated in the Magna Carta.

Nevertheless, for him to possibly sponsor a bill on the re-nationalization, Cerilles suggested to the Association of Social Workers in Region 9 to come up with a position paper for him to act on it. (PPB/PIA) [top]

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