Carl Balita, 52, is a registered nurse and midwife, educator, broadcaster and entrepreneur who is most popularly known for his education enterprise Carl E. Balita Review Center.

In addition to his myriad of business and artistic interests, Balita is an advocate for health professionals, the education sector and business.

This is Balita’s first candidacy, joining Aksyon Demokratiko, inspired by party stalwarts Raul Roco, the late senator, and Jimmy Galvez-Tan who share his education and health professional backgrounds. He urges transfusion of “the science of evidence and data-driven governance into the old art of politics” and claims that his multi-field background and experience will allow him to craft laws to lead to a “better normal” post-pandemic Philippines. He is likewise banking on his extensive network across the health, education and business sectors to propel him to the Senate, positioning himself as the sole nurse-midwife-teacher-MSME representative in the upper chamber.

Balita’s platform revolves around three Ks: Kalusgan, Kabuhayan, and Karunungan, vowing to address the health, education, and economic crises that are currently devastating the country. He supports the full implementation of the Universal Health Care Act and the availability of the local resources due to the Mandanas-Garcia ruling to properly address the issue of scarcity of medical and healthcare professionals. He is also promoting the full engagement and participation of the private sector, both in the education and health sectors, believing that the private sector has been“left behind” and can be revitalized through an empowering rather than a purely regulatory approach by the government.

Platform and Policy

The candidate's top priorities if elected to office, tracked against previous promises and accomplishments, if any

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Health; Eliminate the healthcare crisis
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Fix the execution and budget of the Universal Healthcare Law
  2. Passing the “Omnibus Positive Practice Environment”, including the security of tenure rights, to encourage healthcare workers to remain in the country
  3. Strategic direction and investments in education in the form of scholarships and subsidies for all educational institutions offering health science courses
  4. Create and fill-up plantilla positions for various nursing positions based on nurse-patient ratio that is scientifically based on acuity of care
  5. Assess need to appoint a National Chief Nurse in the Department of Health
  6. PhilHealth must be an institution that enables and empowers, rather than regulates and penalizes, private healthcare institutions
  7. Explore need for government subsidy the private hospitals, especially in human resource development, to cushion the increasing cost of health care
  8. Establish a Super Health Center and Specialty Hospital to provide quality medical services, including mental health services
  9. Hire a nurse at every school and barangay and a midwife at every barangay to provide primary health care
Previous Platform:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
Warned about scarcity of healthcare personnels, especially nurses, who are enticed to work overseas for better pay, benefits and working conditions
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Increase lending to MSMEs
  2. Increase support for rural development
  3. Improve transactions with government through digitization
  4. Establish a Department of Overseas Filipinos to address their needs until return to the country
  5. Establish a Crisis Management Commission to prepare for coming calamities
Previous Platform:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
Founded DREAM Inc, and lead convenor of Entrepinoy Movement
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Address the low passing rate of professional board exams by digitizing the said exam in order to have more frequent test takers within a year
  2. Reinstatement of the Congressional Commission to Review and Assess Philippine education, to evaluate the K to 12 and create a more comprehensive approach to post-pandemic education
  3. Provide for free: a. gadgets to all students and WIFI in public places b. tax-free for micro-enterprises and low-middle income earners (less than P100k) c. Free training with allowance to unemployed d. Free CPD sources of professionals e. Remove or decrease interest rates for capital loans to MSMEs and those who want to study f. Free and computerized board licensure exams
  4. Increase pay of public and private sector workers, including teachers and health-care workers
  5. Increase support for private schools and scholarships for private students
  6. Increase budget for education, agriculture, science and technology
  7. Reform of DOH and PhilHealth for productiveness and to avoid anomalies and corruption
  8. Free food at kinder to grade 3 level sourced from local agricultural producers to end worsening malnutrition problem
  9. Teach new methods for GMRC classes
Previous Platform:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
Founded the Dr. Carl Balita Review Center that has consistently produced bar topnotchers within the country
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Major Accomplishments

The candidate's top five accomplishments and contributions for the last 15 years or so

Private Sector

Balita is a board-certified nurse, midwife and teacher, parlaying this background into various education-driven investments.

Balita established the biggest review center in the Philippines, the 14-year Dr. Carl E. Balita Review Center, with more than 300 local and international branches. It is the first ISO 9001:2015 certified business in its field and is among the top franchises in the country. When Balita estimates the scope of his network through this avenue, he imputes a “multiplier effect” on “close to a million” professionals his review center has helped.

Among the projects that combine his enterprising and advocacy sides is the Pedagogy Learning Center, a play and pre-school children center that offers a curriculum designed by Balita. This design includes the most basic elements of doing business, an early introduction that he wants to implement in all kindergarten school curricula.

Apart from his business enterprises, Balita is also a radio talk show host, author and columnist, business professor and motivational speaker. Through his long-running radio-turned-cable show, “Radyo Negosyo”, he engaged with and provided guidance to aspiring and striving business owners who run MSMEs. This exposure coupled with his commercial success with CBRC led to establishing close ties to the business community.

He is also the publisher and author of “The Ultimate Learning Guide to Nursing Review and Ultimate Testing Guide to Nursing Review” and co-author of “Theoretical Foundations of Nursing: The Philippine Perspective along with the former Board of Nursing Chair” with Dr. Eufemia Octaviano, along with other learning materials. Additionally, he is the film producer of Aldof Alix’s “Nars” (2007) and Lem Lorca’s “Maestra (2017).”


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A top-rated review and education center
Founder, 2007
Assigned to manager during campaign for 2022 elections
Radyo Negosyo
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Previously aired on DZMM then on TeleRadyo
Host, 2001 to 2021
Left to run for 2022 elections
Pedagogy Learning Center
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Actions and/or Proceedings

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Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth

Also known as SALN, this document is a declaration of one's personal finances. Philippine Law requires the SALN to be submitted by all public officials and employees to the Ombudsman. Public officials and employees may opt to voluntarily disclose their SALN to the public.

Since he has not held an official government position, Balita is not required to disclose his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth per the latest rules set by the Civil Service Commission.
Campaign Details

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Alliances and Endorsements: Part of the senatorial slate of the Isko Domagoso and Willie Ong tandem
Party History:
Aksyon Demokratiko
Major Donors

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Major Advocacies

The candidate's top advocacies in the last 15 years or so

Promotion of MSMEs
  1. Inclusion of basic entrepreneurship in early school curricula
  2. Shift to e-learning and digitization during and after the pandemic
  1. Chairman of the Basic Education Committee of the PCCI and as Founder of Pedagogy Learning Center
  2. 2. Head, CBRC

Pedagogy Learning Center incorporates the basics of building a business in its curriculum

CBRC digitized its learning materials and shifted its review clases digitally


Warned about scarcity of healthcare personnel, especially nurses, because they are incentivized to work overseas by better pay, benefits and working conditions. Also flagged the following:

  1. Underutilization or failure to train sufficient number of qualified nurses
  2. Limited job opportunities deprived nurses of required experience to meet global standards
  3. Low salary, partly due to the delayed implementation of increased pay in the Philippine Nursing Law, leading many nurses to work outside their profession
  4. Poor utilization of nurses especially where they could be of most use, such as in the LGUs dying nursing colleges, due to under- and unemployment of nurses
  5. Disunity among nurses themselves; Ang Nars Partylist did not win re-election in the lower house in 2016
As advocate, as early as 2016, and in senatorial candidate in 2021 - present
Promotion of MSMEs
  1. Founded a microfinance and training company that is helping about 1,200 microentrepreneurs in Metro Manila, and is an accredited co-partner of the Department of Labor and Employment in its Entrepreneurship Program for displaced OFWs
  2. Entrepinoy Movement promotes and helps Filipinos help themselves through entrepreneurship
  3. Provides guidance and support to budding and striving MSME owners and managers

Founder of DREAM Inc.

Lead convenor of Entrepinoy Movement

As business owner and host of Radyo Negosyo, at least from 2001 - present

Ongoing, although he left Radyo Negosyo in 2021 to run his senatorial campaign
Personal Details

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Name to appear on the ballot: BALITA, CARL
Full Name: Carl Espino Balita
Birthdate: Apr. 10, 1970 (52 years old as of election day)
Birthplace: Quezon City, Philippines
Languages Spoken: Filipino, English
Marital Status: Married, Dr. Lyne Balita, pediatrician
Children: Four children (including Lyza Balita)

•Executive Program in International Management, Stanford University-National University of Singapore, 2019

•Master of Arts in Nursing, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

•Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Santo Tomas, 1991

Honorary Degrees:

  • Honoris Causa, Doctor of Humanities, Lorma Colleges, 2007
Work Experience:

•Member, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Education Task Force, current

•Chairman, PCCI-Basic Education Committee, current

•Dean, Dominican College, 2004 - 2008

•Chairman of CEB Group of Companies, 2007 - Present

    CEB Companies include Dr. Carl Balita Review Center, Mahalta Resorts and Convention Center, Pedagogy Learning Center, Little Lambs Kids Spa, Ultimate Learning Series Publication, Ultimate Creatives, LYF Center Inc., FiorCafe, Cebal Center for Manpower Development and Research, DREAM Inc.

•Host of “Radio Negosyo”, 2001 - 2021

•Director/Faculty, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, 1993 - 1997

Executive Education graduate business management courses that are designed to support and shape the professional development of managers and company executives
MSMEs Micro, small and medium enterprises
Honoris causa means “for the sake of honor”, an honorary degree awarded to an eminent individual in recognition of meritorious contribution or personal humanitarian accomplishment/s and contribution to the institution and society