Manila, Philippines – Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto in his Senate Bill No. 2073 seeks to abolish the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) law or the Republic Act 10912.
CPD law requires professionals to comply with specific number of CPD units every three (3) years to continue with renewal of PRC license.
In his statement, to quote,
It is time for Congress to heed the clamor of 3.2 million registered Filipino professionals to unburden them of this law
The bill outlined that many professionals are against this law due to the cost of undergoing the required trainings, seminars or other activities undertaken that is related to their profession to earn the necessary CPD units.
Under the present law, a Certified Public Accountant for example is required to have 145 CPD units to renew the license while a Licensed Professional Teacher, Nurse, Engineers, among other PRC-regulated professionals are required to have 45 CPD units. Complete list of CPD unit requirements are outlined here…
The bill further explained that while further training is needed to continuously grow and learn as professionals, it does not come cheap especially to professionals who are just starting to practice their respective careers and earn meager incomes.
It is likewise said that CPD has been a bigger burden for those who are temporarily accepting jobs, other than their profession due to lack of opportunities.
It is not the first time that what was appealing in theory, failed in practice. And because no law is written in stone, Congress, which bears collective responsibility for its passage, should correct the mistake it has made
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