NEDA proposes creation of development planning department

THE NATIONAL Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has proposed the creation of a Department of Economics and Development Planning (DEDP) to strengthen the government’s planning system. The proposal, submitted to the House of Representatives, seeks to address the “weak vertical and horizontal alignment and coherence of national and subnational plans, weak functional leakage, weak dissemination of plan, lack of continuity of plans and programs, need to expand efforts to engage stakeholders, and need to immediately respond to issues requiring economic analysis.” The proposed DEDP will be led by a Cabinet-level secretary who will serve as the country’s chief economist and advisor to the President. Further, NEDA is proposing the establishment of an Economics and Development Planning Council, to be chaired by the President, that will be responsible for “directing and providing overall policy direction on economic, financial, social, and environmental matters to achieve inclusive and sustained economic growth.” Genshen L. Espedido

PRC sets guidelines for migrant Filipino professionals

Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) logoTHE PROFESSIONAL Regulation Commission (PRC) issued guidelines on Tuesday for migrant Filipino professionals who want to obtain a certification of their professional registration or renew their licenses. In Resolution 1225 series of 2020 dated February 7 and published on February 11, the PRC said Filipino professionals abroad who will not practice their profession locally but want to secure a certification from the PRC will have to submit a letter to the agency’s Licensure Registration Division. “The Certification/Confirmation of Professional Registration shall indicate only the name of the professional, date of registration, and the professional concerned,” states the resolution signed by PRC Chairman Teofilo S. Pilando Jr. Further, “All professionals requesting for renewal of their PICs (Professional Identification Cards) shall, for this purpose, be required to present competent proof of Philippine citizenship.” Former Filipino professionals who have reacquired their citizenship can also apply for PICs by submitting the following requirements: Certificate of reacquisition/retention of Philippine Citizenship from the Bureau of Immigration; proof of membership in an integrated organization for professions that require this; proof of acquired Continuing Professional Development units; copy of their new Oath of Professional; and proof of payment of related fees. The 1987 Constitution provides that only Filipino citizens are allowed to practice all professions in the country. An exception could be given to foreign nationals, based on Republic Act 8981 or the The PRC Modernization Act of 2000, through the issuance of a special temporary permit. Gillian M. Cortez

Palace on IBON complaint: Let the law takes its course

THE COMPLAINT of alleged red-tagging filed by research organization IBON Foundation, Inc. (IBON) against two Presidential appointees is up to the Office of the Ombudsman, Malacañang said on Tuesday. “We will let the law takes it course. The Ombudsman is an independent body, a constitutional body at that, and it will perform its task,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo said in a briefing. On Monday, IBON filed a complaint before the Ombudsman against Presidential Communications and Operations Office Undersecretary Lorraine Marie T. Badoy and National Security Adviser Hermogenes C. Esperon, Jr. for abuse of authority and for gross misconduct. Former Armed Forces of the Philippines deputy chief-of-staff for civil-military operations Antonio Parlade Jr. is also named as respondent. — Gillian M. Cortez