PRC breaks silence on CPD Law issues, spread of fake news

MANILA, Philippines - The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Monday released its official statement on several issues and spread of 'fake news' on social media bombarding the implementation of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as a requirement for the renewal of PRC license.

PRC breaks silence on CPD issues, spread of fake news

The commission came forward after a Facebook post by a certain Hernando Bernal, resonating alleged corruption and unreasonable expectations in CPD implementation and renewal of license, went viral receiving over 50,000 reactions and 60,000 shares online (READ: Teacher’s open letter on alleged corruption on CPD, PRC license renewal goes viral).

"Since the implementation of the Continuing Professional Development in July 2017, no professional who applied for the renewal of his/her professional ID has ever been denied by PRC due to incomplete or lacking CPD units," PRC said.

"The PRC exercises maximum flexibility in the implementation of the CPD and has made available for the professionals the Undertaking embedded in the Professional Identification Card (PIC) renewal form, thereby allowing the professional to complete and submit only the CPD units in the next renewal period three years after his/her first renewal under CPD Law," PRC emphasized.

PRC said they have directed all CPD Councils of the 43 regulated professions to review and if necessary, make amendments to their respective CPD Operational Guidelines to address the clamor of the professionals. Some CPD Councils have revised their respective operational guidelines to further make CPD more accessible and affordable.

Meanwhile, the commission reminds the public to be vigilant by validating the veracity of news item circulating in the Internet and social media.

"An apparent proliferation of inaccurate and misleading news stories regarding Continuing Professional Development (CPD) has spread widely misleading professionals on the proposal to abolish Republic Act 10912 or the CPD Law," PRC said.
fake news CPD Law abolish by Trillanes

"In a recent senate hearing, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV never made mention of abolishing the CPD Law, but in fact, directed PRC and the CPD Councils to continue public hearings and consultations with stakeholders to improve implementation processes," PRC added.

In the end, PRC appeals on all professionals who care about public safety and welfare, those who wish to deliver the best services to their clients, patients and students to stand up, adhere and support this effort of the government in ensuring that professionals are not left behind in information, skills, knowledge for the good and well-being of our countrymen.

— The Summit Express

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