The Makati City Attorney’s Office has ordered the filing of criminal charges against a woman who was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for operating an aesthetics and skin pigmentation training center despite “the ‘lack of government registration and authority’.
Wenie Garupa Argonza was charged in court with breach of Section 68 in relation to Section 28 of the Education Act 1982.
Section 28 of the Education Act states that “the operation of schools and educational programs without authorization, and/or their operation in violation of the conditions of recognition, are declared offenses punishable subject to the penalties provided for in the this law”.
Article 68, on the other hand, states: “Anyone convicted of an act in violation of Article 28, Chapter 3, Title III shall be punished with a fine of at least two thousand pesos (2,000 pesos) nor more than ten thousand pesos (10,000 pula) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two (2) years, or both, at the discretion of the court.If the act is committed by a school corporation, the head of the establishment as well as the perpetrator(s) of the offense or violation are also responsible.
Argonza was arrested on August 12 at the Argonza Aesthetics and Dermo-Pigmentation Academy in Barangay Tejeros, Makati City, during a booby-trap operation by officers from the Criminal Investigations Division of the NBI (NBI-CRID).
Argonza’s assistant, Glenmae T. Bobier, was also arrested during the operation. The Makati City Attorney’s Office, however, opened a preliminary investigation into the case against Bobier “as there are issues that need to be clarified that cannot be resolved at this time.”
The filing of charges against Argonza was recommended by Senior Assistant City Attorney Cherrylin N. Go-Ortiz. The recommendation was approved by Assistant City Attorney Jose D. Laurente. The recommended deposit for Argonza was 12,000 pesos.
Based on the complaint and as found by prosecutors, Argonza was operating its dermo-pigmentation academy without registration or authorization from the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs of the Technical Education Authority and skills development (TESDA).
“Assessing the evidence on file, we find probable cause against Argonza for violation of Sec. 68 versus s. 28 of the Education Act of 1982. which Argonza was engaged to provide lectures, hands-on exercises, and training on how to perform hydrafacial, oxyfacial, dermabrasion, chemical peels, and hifu machine use without being registered with the Unified Registration and Accreditation System of the TVET program (UTPRAS) of TESDA,” the city attorney’s resolution said.
The resolution also stated that “training and program registration in UTPRAS is the mandatory registration of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs with TESDA”.
In its complaint, the NBI – through Director Medardo G. De Lemos – said the operation against the training center was carried out after the office received a report last August 5 that Argonza was ” engaged in the actual acts of physical administration of medical treatment and teaching”. medical procedures and practices without authorization or license to do so.
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