‘Pulong’ seeks repeal of continuing professional development law

Published April 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Armando Fenequito Jr.

DAVAO CITY – House Deputy Speaker and First District Congressman Paolo Z. Duterte is set to file a bill repealing the Republic Act No. 10912, or the “Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act of 2016,” four years since its enactment.

Presidential son and incoming Congressman Paolo Duterte (REUTERS/Erik De Castro / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Davao City 1st district Rep. Paolo Duterte (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Duterte said in a statement on Tuesday night, the requirements set by the CPD law just added to the burden that professionals have had to deal with.

“After a long day of work, 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,” he said.

The presidential son however clarified that he supported the lifelong learning among our professionals to further hone their craft but the CPD law is uncalled for.

“We can actually help our professionals meet global standards through other means, without passing the burden to them,” Duterte said.

Duterte said his proposed measure will also serve as a form of gratitude to the country’s professional frontliners, who have continuously rendered their service for the nation, especially in this time of crisis.

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