BY Jocelyn Montemayor
Well, well, well. As they say, you can never can tell. It's a blessing from the skies. They are called recycled losers, and they are being appointed to give them media mileage and visibility for the 2010 senatorial elections. And of course, like saliva, they are on the tips of the voters' tongues, they can be easily expelled from the voters' mouths by a mere voluntary contraction of tongue, and lips, and facial muscles.
In short, idudura.
MALACAÑANG yesterday named former Sen. Teresa Aquino-Oreta to the newly-formed Early Childhood Care and Development Council (ECCDC).
Oreta was the sixth losing senatorial candidate of Team Unity to get a government position.
The others are Planning Secretary Ralph Recto, Dangerous Drugs Board chief Vicente Sotto III, Local Water Utilities Administration director Prospero Pichay Jr., deputy security adviser Luis "Chavit" Singson, and Michael Defensor, who headed the defunct named Task Force on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.
Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said the ECCDC was created through Executive Order 778 entitled "Transforming the Council for the Welfare of Children into Early Childhood Care and Development Council." It would be under the Office of the President.
Ermita denied that the appointment to the Cabinet-level position, was a political accommodation.
"She (Oreta) accepted it and she knows that is relevant to society," Ermita said.
"My advocacy for children’s welfare remains whether or not I have a position in government. I intend to strengthen that commitment so that the Filipino child can have a fair start," Aquino-Oreta said in a statement.
The ECCDC aims to provide support to children aged 6 and below by promoting their rights to survival, development and special protection with full recognition of the nature of childhood and its special needs, and support parents in their roles as primary caregivers and their children’s first teachers.
The ECCDC shall also be responsible for the institutionalizing a National System for Early Childhood Care and Development.
The ECCDC is composed of the secretaries of the departments of Social Welfare and Development, Education and Health, and the president of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines. – Jocelyn Montemayor