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New Tax Codes: Are we on crisis management or what?

Posted by vip on Wednesday, 1-April-2009

Through pretty self-congratulatory announcements, some local government units in Cebu have recently let us suffering citizens know that these LGUs have just approved new tax codes.  These codes (read complex vs. pedestrian laws) were filed and passed in a jiffy, letting everybody in that our local legislators are not only super-intelligent but hyper-efficient beings cut for their jobs.

But pretty cut off from reality and from the rest of the people on earth they’re sworn to serve.  The governments of the world, ran by lesser beings, are still debating which industries and sectors to help and how best to help (i.e., where to get the money?).  These governments understand they face the dilemma of needing money and not squeezing it from the already suffering taxpayers. After all, who suffers really? And the US seems to be taking the bull between the horns by just concentrating the attention on their popular president and what his wife may be wearing.

But here in Cebu, are we in crisis or what?  If what, well and good–bring on the taxes.  But if we’re in a crisis, Lord, who can really pay higher taxes?  If we’re in a crisis–heck, do they even know we’re in a crisis?

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Nurses

Posted by vip on Tuesday, 11-September-2007

Congratulations to the new-again nurses who had to retake the board examinations. They were made to retake the exams, purportedly to regain the reputation of Philippine nurses which had admittedly been hurt by the cheating scandal. But while the new nurses may now appear to really have “earned” their new credentials, buttressing the reputation of Philippine nurses and the integrity of their licensing examinations will take no less than the overhaul of the entire PRC section for the nursing board.
All of them should be kicked out, and their nursing licenses revoked, and they should have been the ones ordered to retake the examinations to get back their licenses. If not bar them for the rest of their lives. The leakage and cheating originated from their end, and so the scandal involved them more than it did the thousands of board takers. The fault was called on the wrong court.

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