Tolentino pushes for protection, welfare of caregivers

Tolentino pushes for protection, welfare of caregivers

By Liza Soriano

Summit Express courtesy

MANILA — Senator Francis Tolentino has filed a bill to institutionalize policies for the protection and welfare of caregivers.

Tolentino has filed Senate Bill No. 1396 or the proposed “Caregivers Welfare Act of 2022” which seeks to institute policies for the protection and welfare of caregivers in the country.

“In recognition of the very important role of caregivers in national development, policies in the practice of the caregiving profession must be instituted to protect the rights of caregivers and to promote their welfare towards decent employment,” Tolentino said.

Tolentino emphasized that even though the professional and responsive caregiving industry is very important for people who are physically and medically challenged, he pointed out that those who work in it are particularly vulnerable to abuse, harassment, violence, and economic exploitation.

This is because of the country’s aging population as well as the rise in the number of children born with medical conditions and other common illnesses.

For individuals working in the caregiving field to “keep outstanding and globally competitive standards for the caregiver professional service,” it is crucial that the proposed measure be passed into law, according to Tolentino.

Under SB 1396, a caregiver refers to a graduate of a caregiving course from an accredited training institution that is “recognized by the government or is certified competent by that same institution and renders caregiving services. (ai/mtvn)

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