Solons urge netizens to sign online petition to help abolish CPD Law


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MANILA, Philippines - Solons asked the public’s support to help abolish the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Law or Republic Act 10912 by signing an online petition.

The online petition via change.org has been made by Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) party list addressed to the Philippine House of Representatives and the Senate. It aims to gather at least 15,000 votes in support of House Bill 7171 or "An Act Repealing Republic Act 10912, otherwise Known as The 'Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016.”

Solons urge netizens to sign online petition to help abolish CPD Law
An online petition has been made by ACT Party-list to abolish CPD Law

The petition outlines the reasons for their clamor to abolish the CPD law. They called the CPD law as an “unnecessary law,” explaining that prior to its implementation, professionals enjoyed a “relatively smooth and worry-free” renewal of their licenses.

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The petitioners further added that even without the CPD units requirement, teachers have been participating in various activities such as Learning Action Cells (LAC) sessions, In-Service Trainings, seminars, workshops, conferences, trainings on curriculum and teaching methodologies and strategies and many others that will further equip them. They added, “The same is true with other professionals.”

The petition stated their firm stand, “The CPD Law only made the process very costly, more bureaucratic and unnecessary regulative.”

The appeal already garnered 14,759 out of the 15,000 signatures goal as of press time.

Senator Trillanes’ update on CPD implementation

As one of the authors of the controversial CPD law, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV gave a few updates on his Facebook page.

Senator Trillanes’ update on CPD implementation for nurses
CPD updates from Senator Trillanes | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Antonio Trillanes IV

For government nurses: Per agreement with PRC, government nurses can avail of free CPD programs to be provided by DoH at their respective government hospitals or online whenever practicable.

For private nurses: The HR department of the private hospital they are working at can apply to be a CPD provider so they can avail of free CPD programs the private hospitals will provide.

The senator also earlier gave clarifications on CPD for public school teachers that programs should be for free and within their school premises.

Senator Trillanes’ update on CPD implementation teacher
More CPD Updates Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Antonio Trillanes IV

OFW professionals are still encouraged to renew and to visit PRC website to learn more about online programs.

PRC remains firm

The Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) remains firm that they “exercise maximum flexibility in the implementation of the CPD.” (READ: PRC breaks silence on CPD Law issues, spread of fake news).

— Sally, The Summit Express


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