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Masyadong mahal: Recto wants to repeal law requiring professionals to study for PRC license renewal

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There is a need to repeal the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Law amid mounting complaints from teachers and nurses against the measure.

Senator Ralph Recto made the remark as he expressed intention to file a bill that will repeal Republic Act 10912, or the CPD law.

He said that senators’ offices have been “bombarded by appeals from professionals in all disciplines, from all over the country, especially teachers and nurses, who protest against the hurdles in getting CPD credits and their PRC licenses renewed.”

He noted that a large nurses alliance, for example, complained that nurses lack the money and the time to complete the 45 CPD units which can cost between P15,000 to P30,000.

In one online poll reportedly conducted by the PRC, 90 percent of the respondents want CPD abolished.

“It is time for Congress to heed the clamor of 3.2 million registered Filipino professionals to unburden them of this law,” Recto said.

“At a time when red tape is being shredded, rules simplified, the period of validity of licenses lengthened, I.T. maximized for remote transaction and even online learning, compulsory requirements of dubious value like CPD go against this trend,” Recto said.

He said that like many pieces of legislation, the CPD law’s intention “was good, but not its implementation.”

“It is not the first time that what was appealing in theory, failed in practice,” the Senate President Pro Tempore said.

“And because no law is written in stone, Congress, which bears collective responsibility for its passage, should correct the mistake it has made,” Recto said.

He added, “Pulling the plug on the CPD experiment should give all of us time to ponder other means of improving professional competence without the coercive force of the CPD model.”

“I am confident that together, we can find a system for professional development that will be embraced by all without the disruptions, inconveniences and the high expenses the present one causes,” he said.