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Trillanes Proposes to Abolish CPD Law, Apologizes to Professionals Who Cannot Renew PRC License

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Wednesday, January 24 announced that he will propose to abolish the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Law he authored. The Liberal Party (LP) ally senator also apologized to all the professionals who experienced difficulties in renewing their license renewal at the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Also known as Republic Act 10912, the CPD law requires all professionals to undergo trainings and seminars to earn units before they can renew their PRC license, starting July 7, 2017. The purpose is to strengthen government efforts towards CPD, and to encourage Filipino professionals to continuously learn and broaden their knowledge.

But after more than a year of implementation, the PRC has been receiving tons of complaints from professionals, as well as an online petition to re-evaluate the CPD Act. Based on the complaints, most of the required seminars are very expensive especially for low-earner professionals, casual or contractual employees, and unemployed.

In addition, most professionals from far provinces need to take a leave from their jobs just to attend those seminars, because they are only available in major cities. Another burden to professionals is that the PRC does not recognize in-house training being offered by government agencies such as the Department of Education (DepEd).

Amid complaints, a Senate hearing was conducted to hear the issues concerning the CPD law last August 2017. Trillanes, who heads the Senate Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation, then said that he is willing to review the guidelines and discuss the problems with the PRC.

But because the number of complaints have increased dramatically and hundreds of professionals were not able to renew their PRC license, another Senate hearing was held on Wednesday. This time, Sen. Trillanes finally decided to end their sufferings by proposing the removal of the CPD law. Nevertheless, he emphasized that nobody is to be blamed.

“Una sa lahat, I apologize to the professionals na nahirapan or worst, hindi nakapagpa-renew ng lisensya nila. Walang may kasalanan dito, nagkataon lang na may external factors na hindi natin kontrolado, lalo na ng PRC. Ganun pa man, mag-iisip uli ako ng ibang paraan para maingat pa ang kanilang kaalaman.” Trillanes told reporters after the Senate hearing.

Contributed by Renato Pasayao

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