By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has signed two more laws, one regulating the registration, licensure, and practice of occupational therapy and the other renewing the franchise of the Philippine Broadcasting Corporation.
Republic Act No. 11241, signed by the President last March 11, will be known as “The Philippine Occupational Therapy Law.”
“The State recognizes the importance of occupational therapists in nation-building,” the law read.
“Hence, it shall develop and nurture competent, virtuous, productive and well-rounded occupational therapists whose standards of practice and service shall be excellent, world-class and globally competitive through inviolable, honest, effective and credible licensure examinations and through regulatory measures, programs, activities that foster their continuing professional growth,” it added.
The new law mandates the creation of the Board of Occupational Therapy under the administrative supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Among its powers and functions are to supervise and regulate the registration, licensure and practice of occupational therapy; administer oaths; issue, reinstate, suspend or revoke the license; prescribe the code of ethics and standards of practice for occupational therapists.
The law also mandates the establishment of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program for occupational therapists.
Republic Act No. 11240, on the other hand, extends the franchise granted to the Philippine Broadcasting Corporation for another 25 years.
Under the law, the grantee will be allowed to continue to construct, install, establish, operate and maintain radio and/or television broadcasting stations for commercial purpose.
It also states the company’s responsibility to the public, particularly providing public service free time for public announcements in times of emergencies and calamities.