Opposition to CPD law snowballs

Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy

Congressional efforts to amend or repeal the Continuing Professional Development Law have snowballed with seven measures filed in the House and five in the Senate.

Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Congresswoman Bernadette “BH” Herrera, principal author of House Bill 8589 that seeks to abolish the CPD Law or Republic Act 10912, said Friday “there is now enough momentum in Congress to successfully abolish the CPD Law because of PRC’s incompetence.”

“It has been over two years since Republic Act 10912 became law, but the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has failed to properly implement the law,” Herrera said.

In the explanatory note for HB 8589, the House Assistant Majority Leader said, “Real professional development was not reached and was watered down due to costs and inefficient service delivery. Ultimately, the Professional Regulation Commission pursued minimal changes to improve the implementation of the law. It did not remedy the problem of access, affordability and quality of the programs.”

“Congress vested upon the PRC an important responsibility, but instead of responsibly and compassionately carrying out the CPD, they chose to be unbending and possibly, inadvertently or not, fostered the proliferation of a CPD training industry where many predators now abound,” she added.

“We cannot stand idly by. We shall push hard for CPD abolition. We shall also refer to the Presidential Anti-Crime Commission, the multitudes of complaints against the CPD system of the PRC,” Herrera said.

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