PNP Party-List

When my father died, my mother and siblings agreed to make me the guardian of his office things which include his entire book collection, some paintings, the office furniture and a dozen ashtrays. Because he was a very honest man, our greatest inheritance is the legacy and good name that my dad left behind.

Part of that legacy is a little party known as Partido Nacionalista ng Pilipinas. This was a political party that he formed together with Rustico delos Reyes, Teodulo Natividad, and Regalado Maambong and several others (Willie Villarama, Arturo Brion, etc.) way back in 1986. Everytime my father ran for political office, he would register under the PNP. The PNP is much older than the Philippine National Police.

Noted labor lawyers and professors, Atty. Joselito Chan and Atty. Rey Robles, who continue to safeguard the party’s interests and are directly in touch with its network, suggested the PNP’s entry to the party-list. I was asked to be one of the nominees, but I declined. My uncle, Bernie Ople, is a nominee of AhonPinoy. However, I did help them in putting together a concrete legislative agenda to safeguard the interests of our OFWs.

Now, the PNP party-list campaign is in full swing. They have a HQ at 95 EDSA, near the Tulay of Guadalupe. It has a big billboard which is covered by yet a bigger billboard so for you to see it, you’d have to pass exactly in front of the building. If you’re driving from Makati, slow down when you see the Jesus Saves in neon lights. The PNP HQ is almost underneath its spiritual glare.The PNP holds office at the second floor. The ground floor is occupied by Mega Trophy, Inc. The campaign HQ is being run by member of Romblon’s Asi Tribe, fellow blogger, Nicon Fameronag (Lilac Republic). Our first nominee is Atty. Joselito Chan of ChanRobles & Associates. He is a long-time labor lawyer, professor, and author of books on labor law. I encourage those who wish to dip their feet in political waters but don’t know how, to sign up with the PNP.

The PNP advocates the following:

1. Using a portion of the RVAT revenues to institutionalize specific programs for the reintegration of OFWs including seafarers upon their return, and to strengthen the bonds between the OFW and his/her family while the worker is away.
2. Amendments to the Labor Code and Migrant Workers’ Act to update these laws on the new types of jobs in the local and global market, and current realities abroad.
3. Ensuring through the budget process that education gets the highest funding priority as enshrined in the Constitution.
4. Reforms in the Professional Regulation Commission to prevent a repeat of the nursing exam scandal, and a review of the system of accreditation for review schools to prevent more diploma mills.
5. Decriminalization of the libel law, and strengthening oversight functions even at the local levels on human rights.

The PNP is very much against the imposition of all kinds of fees on household workers undergoing training and assessment under TESDA’s SuperMaids program.

The PNP is also against the entrenchment of escort-for-a-fee operations at the international airport which makes it possible for illegal recruitment and human trafficking to flourish.

The PNP favors a complete review of the location, budgets, and staffing of our embassies and labor posts, with the end view of beefing up and strengthening consular operations in countries where we have a sizable population of OFWs.

For more info, visit www.partidonacionalista.net. Good luck to all party-list groups!

Author: Susan Ople

Susan "Toots" Ople is the President of the Blas F. Ople Policy and Training Institute. She's an OFW and labor advocate based in the Philippines.

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