Sen. Ralph Recto withdraw his push to repeal the CPD Law, eyes voluntary compliance on professionals

Manila, Philippines - The Senate Bill No. 2073 known as an "Act Repealing Republic Act No. 10912, otherwise known as the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act of 2016 has once again put on hold as Sen. Ralp Recto changes his mind during a senate hearing on Wednesday, November 28.



The Senator decided to withdraw his push to repeal the CPD Law and instead called for a more stringent implementation. 

Recto and other law makers are looking to review and revise the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) that will make the compliance to the CPD law voluntary for some professions.

CPD will no longer be mandatory for professionals to renew their Professional Identification Cards (PIC) in general except for those who required as per regulatory laws, Sen. Recto said in his proposed revision.

The principal author of the CPD law Sen. Antonio Trillanes however, agreed with some other law makers to focus on the implementation of the law. 

"For now the initial solution is we will not touch the law. We will focus on the Implementing Rules and regulations (IRR),"Trillanes said.

On the other hand, PRC Commissioner Teofilo S. Pilando Jr. had expressed the commission's difficulty on the implementation of CPD law due to luck of funding and staff.

"We had such high expectations at that time the law was passed but now maybe we're realizing that things have to be resolved," Pilando said.

"Maybe we could work it out in such a way... the commission could reduce requirements so that compliance would be much easier," Pilando added.

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