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    Recto withdraws push to repeal CPD law, eyes voluntary CPD with incentives

    MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ralph Recto decided to withdraw his push to repeal the CPD Law and instead called for a more stringent implementation of the controversial law during the Senate hearing last Wednesday, November 28.

     Senator Ralph Recto has agreed to address the mandatory nature of the CPD law.
     Senator Ralph Recto has agreed to address the mandatory nature of the CPD law.

    Lawmakers are looking at revising the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act 10912, or the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) law. During the Senate hearing, Senators Antonio F. Trillanes IV, Ralph G. Recto, Juan Miguel F. Zubiri, and Aquilino L. Pimentel III all agreed to review the CPD law and try to make it voluntary.

    The Republic Act No. 10912 or the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016 (CPD) requires local professionals to complete a certain number of CPD units for the renewal of their professional licenses. However, professionals slammed the law calling it “unnecessary” and nothing but a “money-making scheme.”

    Senator Recto, author of Senate Bill No. 2073, which aims to repeal the CPD law, has agreed to address the mandatory nature of the CPD law. He said,“The problem begins with the mandatory nature of the requirement…the complaints of the people [professionals] against it is [that] it makes it mandatory for them to attend seminars, which is a bother for them.”

    Senator Recto proposed not to make the CPD law mandatory, except for those who are required by regulatory laws. He also suggested an “incentive program” that will help urge professionals to earn CPD.

    Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, the principal author of the controversial CPD law also agreed that they need to focus on the implementation of the law. He said, “For now, the initial solution is we will not touch the law. We will focus on the IRR.”

    PRC Commissioner Teofilo S. Pilando Jr. admitted that they are now focusing on how to ease the burden on the professionals. He said, “Right now, we’ll be reviewing to see where we can reduce the burden on the professional.”

    The PRC had earlier admitted that they are having problems with the implementation of the CPD law due to lack of funding and they are understaffed. Pilando again explained, “We had such high expectations at that time the law was passed but now maybe we’re realizing that things have to be resolved.”

    “We are limited in resources. Many know that we don’t have the budget to implement CPD. We’re limited in monitoring,” he added.

    Mr. Pilando, however, clarified that the PRC exercises maximum flexibility in the earning of CPD units. He cited that they issued Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 07, Series of 2017, which allows professionals to sign undertakings to complete the required course work at some point in the future.

    — Sally, The Summit Express

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