- President Rodrigo Duterte told lawmakers to amend the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) law
- Under the CPD law, professionals are required to attend seminars to earn credit units for the renewal of their licenses
- Duterte said these CPD seminars are “unrealistic” and “burdensome” for the professionals, especially in these times of health crisis
President Rodrigo Duterte urged the House of Representatives to amend the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) law.
During Duterte’s 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA), he told lawmakers to help the country’s licensed professionals and ease the burden brought about by the CPD law. He called the CPD law as “burdensome” and “unrealistic”.
“I also call on Congress to amend Republic Act No. 10912 [or] the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016,” he said.
Duterte went on to say that in these times of COVID-19 pandemic, the lawmakers must put an end to the CPD law.
“In this time of great pandemic and forthcoming reconstruction, requiring our professionals to undergo seminars is burdensome and not realistic. This must end,” he added.
Under the CPD Act, authored by then-Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, professionals are required to take formal or non-formal training to earn certain units for the renewal of their licenses.
Duterte said that CPD seminars are just additional expenses that are an unnecessary burden, especially in these times of crisis.
“May mga profession na they would require —I think it’s the nurses— they would require them to come to Manila to retrain and for another round of expenses. Itong mga seminar-seminar na ito dapat mahinto,” Duterte said.
Earlier, House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte has sought for the repeal of the CPD law. He said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country owes a lot to professional frontliners and they don’t deserve to be burdened with the CPD Law.