MANILA – Aksyon Demokratiko’s senatorial candidate Carl Balita said on Monday he seeks to represent the health, education and small and medium-sized business sectors.
Balita, a registered nurse and midwife, said he decided to run for senator at the request of the health sector.
“This is why I am defending kalusugan, karunungan and kabuhayan, because these are the 3 sectors hard hit by the pandemic and which made me want to run,” he told ANC Headstart.
“I speak their language, I have been with them. I am a nurse. I am a teacher, I was there, I am connected to many teachers and I know exactly what is going on in the field.”
Balita said the mayor of Manila and presidential candidate Isko Moreno and his running mate Dr Willie Ong asked him to introduce himself.
“They both called me and invited me. The biggest challenge was convincing my family, especially my children who at first thought that they initially threatened me to migrate if I made the decision. to introduce myself, ”he said.
“I convinced them enough, it was also a difficult sacrifice. I have to give up a 20 year old show in Teleradyo or that but I give it a chance as the only nurse-teacher-midwife-MSME present in the Senate. . “
Balita said he would propose the reinstatement of the Congressional Commission to Review and Evaluate Philippine Education (EDCOM) which “would rate the K at 12 so that we can create a more holistic approach to everything we want to do next.” .
As for the health sector, he said, the government must increase the supply of human resources in the sector through “strategic orientations and scholarships”.
“When it comes to nurses and other healthcare professionals, we need to look at their positive practice environment because we cannot match the tempting salary offers from abroad,” he said.