Duterte OKs law regulating practice of occupational therapy in PH
By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a measure regulating the registration, licensure, and practice of occupational therapy in the Philippines.
Duterte signed Republic Act 11241 last March 11, 2019.
The Philippine Occupational Therapy law seeks to create the Professional Regulatory Board of Occupational Therapy that will ensure more effective supervision, control, and regulation of the practice of occupational therapy in the country.
All applicants for registration for the practice of occupational therapy should undergo a licensure examination to be given by the Professional Regulation Commission, the measure stated.
It seeks the adoption and promulgation of a Code of Ethics and Standards for occupational therapists and introduces a Continuing Professional Development program that will allow them to practice abroad.
The law also mandates the integration of all occupational therapists into one national professional organization of occupational therapists duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Any person who violates the Act will be penalized with a fine and imprisonment.