Sen. Edgardo J. Angara yesterday said the Congressional Commission on Science and Technology and Engineering, (Comste) has forged a memorandum of agreement with the University of the Philippines Law Center to study the country's laws on the practice of professions.
"Our laws on professions are quite traditional. In the sense that even those laws, for instance, on medicine or on seafarers -- they even prescribe the subject matters to be the subject of examinations. In simpler days, we could do that; we could enumerate the essential subjects that should be the subject of professional examinations. But that can no longer be the case now because disciplines develop so fast and a discipline that may not have existed five or ten years ago may be already a well-developed discipline today."
Angara, who chairs Comste, said the commission, through its Executive Director Fortunato de la Pena, and the UP Law Center, through UP Diliman Chancellor Sergio Cao, signed the agreement, which commissions the UP Law Center to study and recommend changes to laws that govern professional practice.
Angara, who also chairs the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, said that laws on professional practice are acting as roadblocks to Philippine competitiveness. …