Rep. Paolo Duterte wants to repeal Trillanes' CPD law 'Pahirap at gastos lang!'

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House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte is determined to file a bill that will repeal the much opposed “Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016” or the CPD Law authored by the former opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

After its implementation, the CPD “just adds to the burden” of Filipino professionals they have to deal with considering that “they are forced to spend a bulk of their salary, take absences from work, and go through unreasonable hardships just so they can renew their licenses and continue the practice of their professions.” said Rep. Duterte.

Duterte pointed out that while the law supports the lifelong learning among local professionals to further their craft, however, the CPD law is “uncalled for.”

“While we support the lifelong learning among our professionals to further their craft, the requirements set by the CPD law just adds to the burden they have to deal with,” said Duterte.

Under the CPD law, “refers to the inculcation of advanced knowledge, skills and ethical values in a post-licensure specialization or in an inter- or multidisciplinary field of study, for assimilation into professional practice, self-directed research and/or lifelong learning.”

Article III Section 10 of the CPD law makes the CPD a mandatory requirement in the renewal of the Professional Identification Card (PIC) of all registered and licensed professionals under the regulation of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

This can be earned by taking additional formal and non-formal trainings.

The presidential son further emphasized that he will seek support from his colleagues and push for the passage of this bill that will end this Republic Act No. 10912 or the “Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016”.

“We will file a bill repealing this anti-professional measure introduced by Trillanes,” Duterte said.

“This is long overdue. We will not just file it for the sake of filing. We will file this bill, seek support from our colleagues in Congress, and make sure that this is enacted as soon as possible,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s eldest son explained that the government can actually help professionals “meet global standards through other means, without passing the burden to them.”

“Our proposed measure is also to serve as gratitude to our professional frontliners who continuously render their service to our nation, especially in this time of crisis,” said Duterte.

“We have witnessed the selfless acts of our professional frontliners. They do not deserve the CPD law,” Duterte added.

Several authors of the bills filed during the 17th Congress seeking to repeal the Continuing Professional Development Act are still in office.

In the 17th Congress, three bills were filed in the House seeking to repeal the CPD law.

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