The Continuing Professional Development Law of 2016 is now officially revised.
Amidst the overwhelming calls for the CPD Law’s repeal from various groups of Filipino Professionals, new Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) were finally signed and published at the Official Gazette.
The said document from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) was signed by the agency’s Chairman Teofilo Pilando Jr., Commissioner Jose Y. Cueto Jr., and Commissioner Yolanda D. Reyes. After the publication on February 13, it will take 15 days to take effect.
It will be remembered that the party lists Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) and the ANG NARS Party-list spearheaded various campaigns to repeal the CPD Law which was drafted by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
The numerous complaints from professionals pushed the Senate Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation to give an ultimate solution.
It has been reported that the Filipino professionals were forced to pay for and take seminars to be able to renew their professional licenses.
Despite the call for a repeal, the senators agreed that it will take too much time and a major amendment on the rules and regulations will be more feasible.
The newly signed IRR includes that the CPD is still a mandatory requirement to renew the professional licenses.
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However, from the previously required 45 units, it has been drastically decreased to 15 CPD units. Add to that, all the in-house training and capacity-building activities in local government agencies and corporations will be credited as CPD compliance.
As for OFW professionals, they will not be covered by the CPD law during their stay abroad. The CPD units will not be required for professionals who will renew their license for the first time.
PRC Chairman Pilando hopes that new CPD law will ease the burden of the Filipino professionals who want to renew their licenses