Several netizens and lawmakers expressed their unhappiness after the vast majority of the members of Commission on Appointments ended the time period of former Department of Social Welfare and Development secretary Judy Taguiwalo on Wednesday.
Taguiwalo, who is taken into account as one of many prime performing cupboard members of the Duterte administration obtained probably the most surprising judgement from the members of the Commission on Appointments who additionally rejected former DENR Secretary Gina Lopez.
Senator Ralph Recto, one of many senators who strongly supported the appointment of Taguiwalo as social secretary wrote a touching speech explaining why he endorsed the previous DSWD secretary.
The speech of Recto was scheduled to ship if the affirmation hearings on Secretary Judy Taguiwalo had superior to CA plenary for voting.
The speech of Recto titled “To Serve the People” touched the netizens who supported Taguiwalo.
In his speech, Recto showcased the academic background of Taguiwalo and defined why she deserved the place as social welfare secretary.
This is the entire speech of Sen. Recto:
‘To Serve the People’
Speech Endorsing the Confirmation of Prof. Judy Taguiwalo as Secretary of Social Welfare and Development
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto
16 August 2017
Mr. Chairman, my pricey colleagues:
I’ve been advised that the nominee is a fan of my grandfather, and of my spouse. That she will be able to recite passages from Don Claro’s writings. And hugot strains from the flicks of Vi.
So on that rating alone, she will get my vote.
But if my grandfather have been alive at the moment, he, Vi and the nominee, would make a mutual admiration membership.
Don Claro would solely have the deepest esteem for somebody who didn’t solely agree along with his causes, however spent a lifetime combating for it.
And Vi would discover in her, as she does, a actual life character who looms bigger than Sister Stella L, and who has extra guts and grit than all of the robust girls she had performed on the silver display screen.
The first pages of the nominee’s CV describe an mental at house within the academia. Retired professor of UP. Head of its Center for Women Studies. Director of Research and Extension for Development Office. Faculty Regent.
In a faculty the place advantage is rewarded, she wouldn’t have been capable of assume these posts with out the tutorial levels that validate a first-rate thoughts:
She has a PhD from UP, a Masters from a Canadian college, and a Social Work diploma from the identical state college the place she graduated cum laude in 1970.
She might have been magna cum laude, Mr. Chairman, if she didn’t let her real-life training outdoors of UP intrude along with her research.
Indeed, her CV catalogues, in wonderful print, the analysis papers, articles, books she had written.But what is just not there are her different engagements in her storied life which I imagine makes her extra sterling – and show no doubt her health to carry out the duties of the workplace she holds.
She can also be an alumnae of three Martial Law prisons, went underground, and joined the resistance –solely as a result of authorized pathways for change have been blocked, and peaceable avenues to protest have been closed.
To those that would see this as obstacle to a Cabinet post, right here’s my rebuttal: Political imprisonment isn’t any bar to public workplace and neither is the taking on of arms when situations warrant.
On the opposite— these are experiences we should always search for in scouting for expertise as a result of they’re the hardest “stress tests” one can endure.
I don’t need to remind you that in our pantheon of heroes, those that have been jailed for his or her beliefs occupy an honored place. Warriors, particularly girls, are revered, from Gabriela Silang to Tandang Sora.
I believe, Mr. President, that it’s her work throughout the “unsalaried phase” of her checkered profession which is her largest qualification in holding the DSWD portfolio.
It immersed her into the grinding poverty that continues to slave our folks. It allowed her to intently see how the denial of primary social providers drives folks, first, to despair, after which, defiance.
If the perfect DSWD secretary is one who possesses competence, compassion and dedication, then it may be mentioned that UP gave her the primary, her activism gave her the second, and her underground years gave her the third.
We can by no means ask for a bundle as full as her. She had been serving DWSD’s clientele lengthy earlier than Digong considered operating for mayor.
So if we want to know her views about poverty, we are able to leaf via the forest of newsprint that comprises her writings.
But if we want to know if she actually cares in regards to the poor, then her stints in factories, in farms and in forests are sufficient to dispel any doubt.
The nominee shouldn’t be dismissed as one of many token Leftists within the Cabinet. She was not put there as a memento to show Digong’s Big Tent method in forming a authorities.
Rather, I imagine that she holds the post by advantage of her potential, and never by her affiliation.
She is just not there to characterize one shade in Digong’s rainbow Cabinet. She is there to serve all the colours within the tapestry of our democracy.
She represents all of us, all our desires, all our aspirations for our nation, our folks, and our kids. She personifies that elusive political superb that individuals of various persuasions can come collectively for the frequent good.
If she is an ideologue, then the ideology she subscribes to is identical one we imagine in, and that ideology is to serve the folks.
I’m seconding her affirmation as a result of she brings a recent perspective within the DSWD – and that’s to deal with not poverty’s signs however its roots, for the poor want greater than reduction, however a launch from the social shackles that forestall them from bettering their lives.
It is, due to this fact, my pleasure to endorse the affirmation of the appointment of Doctor, Professor Judy M. Taguiwalo, or Ka Judy, as Secretary of Social Welfare and Development.
13 out of 24 members of the Commission on Appointments determined to reject Taguiwalo as DSWD secretary, however the names of the members have been stored secret by the CA.
She is the third member of the Duterte cupboard to be rejected by the CA.
The identical physique had rejected the appointments of then Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr., and Environment Secretary Regina “Gina” Lopez.