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Am I Against the CPD Law?

My license is expiring in June this year. According to the new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Law, I need to attend seminars with certificates to be able to renew the license.

I am okay with the law as I believe in its cause- to improve professional services in the country. The only problem is I do not have the CPD units.

I sent a private message to the Facebook Page of the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) inquiring about my renewal. After minutes of waiting, I was replied saying I can renew my license without the CPD units given I sign an undertaking agreeing the lacking number of units will be added to my CPD requirement for my next renewal.

It was clarified, zero or lacking units are accepted but only until December this year.

As I have mentioned earlier, I am not against the law. However when I was looking for schools that could give me the required CPD, it turned out to be a treasure hunting expedition.

Accessibility is my main issue. I do not find many schools that offer weekend classes for the CPD; if it was offered at a venue inside an SM mall, I would grab that opportunity.

There have been reports that many institutions have made the CPD law their milking cow. Footages show attendees sitting on the floor just to finish the seminar and get their CPD certificate in the end.

The CPD law is noble. But the implementation sucks.

What I suggest is for PRC to look into this matter, and partner with both CHED, TESDA, and professional organizations that will craft CPD classes that will be offered by schools on weekends.

Repeal it as what the camp of Presidential son Paolo Duterte is proposing? Take note it was former Senator Antonio Trillanes, an anti-Duterte key person, who authored the law.

It is not the law that is making professionals hurt; it is the accessibility of the CPD classes. It is the unregulated, unsuccessful implementation of the law that is making the law and Trillanes the bad guys here.

What do you think?

Christian is a Marketing Communications practitioner in Quezon City. He is an Igorot from Sagada, Mountain Province. To get in touch with him, please shoot an email to christianaligonow@gmail.com.


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