‘Stop un­fair Con­tin­u­ing Pro­fes­sional Dev’t pro­gram’

Manila Bulletin - - News - By CHARISSA M. LUCI-ATIENZA

Pres­i­dent Duterte is be­ing urged by a party-list group rep­re­sen­ta­tive to stop the ‘in­sen­si­tive and un­fair’ Con­tin­u­ing Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment (CPD) pro­gram.

AANGAT TAYO Party-List Rep. Neil Abayon on Satur­day ap­pealed to the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive to step in and stop the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the CPD pro­gram, while the House Com­mit­tee on Re­vi­sion of Laws seeks ways to cor­rect the Pro­fes­sional Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion’s (PRC) im­ple­men­ta­tion of the CPD.

“The Con­tin­u­ing Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment Law is con­cep­tu­ally sound, but how the PRC has failed to im­ple­ment it with jus­tice and fair­ness to pro­fes­sion­als is not. It is for this rea­son that I ask the Pres­i­dent to step in,” Abayon, a mem­ber of the House Com­mit- tee on Re­vi­sion of Laws, said in a state­ment.

He noted the cur­rent laws re­quires up­dat­ing train­ing for li­censes for pub­lic prac­tice, even as he counted on the pro­fes­sion­als to know the lat­est prac­tices and tools of their fields.

“What the PRC has failed mis­er­ably at is not ex­er­cis­ing cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion to make CPD af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble. In­stead, a CPD train­ing in­dus­try has grown much to the dis­ad­van­tage of pro­fes­sion­als,” Abayon said.

“There are still en­ti­ties and peo­ple out there who charge thou­sands of pe­sos for CPD train­ing. Given cur­rent dif­fi­cult eco­nomic times, how can our pro­fes­sion­als cope with that? There are even some CPD event or­ga­niz­ers who could be of du­bi­ous char­ac­ter yet flour­ish and run ram­pant,” he stressed.

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