There is something crazy about this scenario. Why do we expect the United States to hire Philippine graduates? Romualdez is perpetuating the image of the Philippines a a temporary labor agency to the world. Isn’t the Philippine government supposed to create the jobs for our own graduates, just as other countries, like the United States, is responsible for making sure there are jobs for their own graduates?
Romualdez: U.S. jobs for Pinoy grads vital to RP economy
by Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:30
“THE market for physical therapists in the United States is important to our graduates and economy. It is imperative for us to ensure that the country would not be blacklisted again in their licensure examination. Sad to say, we are helpless and it would be disastrous if the country faces an indefinite ban in the future as a result of our failure to address the problem.” Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez aired this appeal after the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), which administers the US National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), lifted the licensure examination ban on Filipino PT graduates which stemmed from the discovery of leakages of test questions involving a review center in Manila.
A lawmaker yesterday urged the concerned government agencies to protect the job opportunities of Filipino physical therapy (PT) graduates being recruited to practice in the United States (US) by ensuring that the country would not be blacklisted again in the licensure examination there.
Romualdez asked Congress to find ways how to regulate the review centers to guard the sanctity of examinations following reports that there is no government agency, not even the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), that regulate the existence of review centers.
“If there is nobody regulating these review centers, I think Congress should do something about it to protect the potential market of our professionals like the PT graduates,” said Romualdez.
The FSBPT identified the St. Louis Review Center in Manila, Philippines as allegedly part of the test questions leakage, prompting them to stop administering the examination to PT graduates in the Philippines.
Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) party-list Rep. Antonio Tino said “this is a symptom of the failure of the government policy of deregulation of private higher education. PT graduates and their families are the immediate casualties.”
Tinio called on the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to explain their continued failure to regulate the review centers.
“We are calling on the CHED to explain its continuing failure to regulate review centers. Some of these resort to unscrupulous practices to maximize profits and cash in on the growing demand for healthcare professionals abroad,” said Tinio.
Earlier, lawmakers said FSBPT should not jeopardize the future of PT graduates in the country just because a review center was allegedly involved in the leakage of test questions.