Congressman seeks repeal of Continuing Professional Dev't (CPD) Law

House Deputy Speaker and Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo Duterte seeks to repeal R.A. 10912 or the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act of 2016. It has been almost four years since the law was passed. According to Duterte, the CPD Law is a 'burden' to Filipino professionals.

"While we support lifelong learning among our professionals to further their craft, the requirements set by the CPD law just adds to the burden they have to deal with. After a long day of work, they are forced to spend a bulk of their salary, take absences from work, and go through unreasonable hardships just so they can renew their licenses and continue the practice of their professions," Duterte said.

He added that "We can actually help our professionals meet global standards through other means, without passing the burden to them."

The CPD Law was introduced by Sen. Antonio Trillanes III. It required that professionals undergo continuing professional development in order to renew their PRC Identification cards and practice the profession. However, many professional groups have also expressed disagreement about the CPD law in the past.

Duterte's concern is also the medical frontliners and health workers who currently lead the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. "We have witnessed the selfless acts of our professional front-liners. They do not deserve the CPD law," Duterte said.

Meanwhile, for those with expiring professional licenses, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) recently announced that all expiring licenses of Professional Identification Cards (PICs) will still be considered valid until the end of the community quarantine period. This is to follow Presidential Proclamation No. 9 of March 8, 2020, declaring a Public Health emergency in the country. Read more: PRC: expiring licenses validity is extended

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(Source: Philippine News Agency)

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