Former special assistant to the president Christopher “Bong” Go and Senator Ralph Recto seem to be in agreement that the Republic Act 10912, or the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) law needs to be addressed immediately.
During the 8th National PESO Congress at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City, the senatorial aspirant shared that he wish to help ease the burden of local professionals by amending the CPD law. He said, “We will be looking into amending the current Continuing Professional Development Law that has caused burden to our professionals.”
Go also added that he will work in pushing for the increase of pay of professionals including nurses and teachers. He added, “More than anything, as part of our mandate to provide Filipinos with proper employment and remuneration, I am with the Filipino nation in striving for higher pay for our professionals such as nurses and teachers.”
The CPD Law of 2016 requires local professionals to reach a certain number of CPD units for the renewal of their licenses. Professionals have criticized the law as “unnecessary” and expensive.
Meanwhile, Senator Ralph Recto gave updates that he is currently working with the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). Recto filed Senate Bill # 2073 that aims to abolish the CPD law. He suggested that professionals be “classified” and to make CPD no longer compulsory to all. Recto said, ” “Tulad ng driver’s license na may professional, non-prof at student na kategorya.”
“Maaari rin sigurong magkaroon ng class 1 para sa mga professionals na nais magtrabaho abroad at requirement ang kumpletong CPD units; class 2 kung dito lamang sa Pilipinas ang trabaho at may ilang units; class 3 sa mga non-practicing subalit kailangan ng PRC ID,” the senator added.