It’s official! Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has amended the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Law and it will take effect starting March 1, 2019.
PRC issued on February 7 the Resolution No. 2019-1146 which revised relevant provisions of the IRR of the Republic Act 10912 or the CPD Law of 2016. The amendments were presented to the consultative meeting at Senate Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation on February 4.
It was published February 13 at newspaper of general circulation (Philstar) and will take effect 15 days after.
It can be recalled that in the sixth Senate committee hearing on CPD law last November 28, 2018, committee chair Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and fellow senators Ralph Recto and Miguel Zubiri urged PRC Commissioners and CPD Council members to look into the implementation of the law after numerous complaints received by their offices regarding the measure.
The law mandates that professionals must earn required CPD units by attending seminars, trainings, and other programs as pre-requisite to renewal of their license card or the professional identification cards (PIC).
Most professionals lament that the law is unnecessary and burdensome, primarily due to expensive costs of seminars and training one has to undergo to earn CPD units.
Senators pushed for making CPD requirement voluntary, but PRC sticks to its mandatory nature in its official amendments to IRR.
Here are some of the relevant revisions in the new IRR:
PRC provides a “transition period” for professional to comply the unit requirements. During this transition period the following shall be observed:
a) Professionals working overseas shall not be covered by the CPD requirement.
b) Newly licensed professionals shall not be covered by CPD requirement for the first renewal cycle after obtaining their license.
c) The various CPD Councils shall reduce the required CPD credit units to a minimum, which shall not be more than 15, as provided for under applicable laws.
Professionals who already renewed by executing an Undertaking shall only comply with the required number of units as amended pursuant to this Resolution equivalent to not more than 15 credit units.
Full Text of IRR Amendments
Here’s the official copy of PRC resolution no. 2019-1146 on the amendments to the CPD Law Implementing Rules and Regulations. Please read for enlightenment:
PRC gives Professional Regulatory Boards and its CPD Councils 1 month to review and amend their operational guidelines to conform with these revisions.
What do you think, professionals? Is maximum of 15 units for 3-year renewal period OK with you already? Or do you feel that PRC should really make CPD requirement voluntary? Comment down below.
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