Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said he is open to the idea of having a professional examination for journalists to regulate the media profession.
Gatchalian said he sees nothing wrong with such proposals as this could also help elevate the status of media practitioners in the country.
“I think it’s a very good proposal to professionalize the journalism industry. Various industries have transitioned into professionalizing their practitioners—the real estate industry, stock brokers, etc.,” Gatchalian said.
“The exams and licensures would weed out incompetent and unethical practitioners. It will also enable the journalism industry to practice in other countries,” Gatchalian said.
The proposal for a board exam for journalists is nothing new. During the 16th Congress, Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, filed Senate Bill No. 380 or Magna Carta for Journalists where he proposed the creation of a Philippine Council for Journalists (PCJ) that would supervise and act as self-regulatory body for journalists and the journalism profession to ensure their security and protection.
In that proposal, accredited journalists are those who passed the PCJ licensure examination and entitled to benefits and privileges that would be accorded by law; journalists who fail to pass the examination can still exercise their profession and enjoy the benefits and privileges accorded to them by their employers.
Last week, President Duterte gave some bloggers, mostly pro-administration, the go-signal to have access to some Palace activities.
source: Manila Bulletin