‘MATA’ partylist comes under fire

September 18, 2018

A FORMAL complaint was filed before the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) against partylist group ANG MATA headed by Rep. Tricia Nicole Velasco-Catera for alleged violation of medical profession regulations.

In his complaint, Ed Cordevilla, a multi-awarded writer and columnist, said the PRC should undertake the necessary and appropriate action against the medical missions of MATA partylist, which are allegedly questionable in nature, and in violation of existing regulations.

Cordevilla, who is also an advocate of good governance, particularly cited the distribution of prescription glasses without actual doctor supervision, and distribution of medical products that are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

He insisted that the medical mission program of MATA partylist directly contravenes or violates a number of laws, such as RA 8050 or the revised Optometry Law of 1995 and RA 7394 or the Consumer Act of the Philippines.

Cordevilla also reminded the commission that it is mandated to safeguard and uphold the mentioned laws in the PRC board which was recently promulgated.

For its part, the commission said it will study the complaint filed by Cordevilla and will bring the matter to their Optometry board for appropriate action.

These are the very same laws cited, outlined and are to be upheld by the Optometry profession in the PRC board resolution 06 series of 2017 which was recently promulgated.

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