Villanueva plans to amend CPD law and extend the PRC license validity to 5 years
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Joel Villanueva said that he plans to amend the controversial Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Law and extend the Professional Identification Card (PIC) license validity to 5 years.
On his official Facebook page, Villanueva greeted the Filipino teachers in time for the National Teachers’ Month. He went on to share that he understands the hardships and challenges that teachers face, including the difficulties of renewing their PRC licenses.
Villanueva wrote, “Bukod sa mababang sahod, kakulangan sa mga teaching materials at klasrum, gayundin ang malaking bilang ng mga mag-aaral, nariyan din po ang dagdag na gastos ngayon sa pagpapa-renew ng lisensya sa PRC.”
Villanueva, who is chairperson of Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development admitted that they have been receiving many complaints on the CPD Law and said that they are working on amending the law. Villanueva said, “Sa dami po ng reklamong ating natanggap mula sa mga guro tungkol sa implementasyon ng Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Law, layunin po nating amyendahan ang RA 10912.”
The CPD Law has been a cause of ire from local professionals who said that it is nothing but an “unnecessary law” that burdens them with fees and takes up too much time. Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro of the ACT Teachers Party-List have formally filed House Bill No. 7171 in the House of Representatives to help abolish the controversial CPD Law.
Villanueva shared that they are looking at decreasing the required CPD units. He said, “Nais po nating mapababa ang required credit units o CPD points at mapahaba ang validity ng Professional Identification Card (PIC) mula 3 hanggang 5 taon.”
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who authored the law already expressed his concern for the local professionals affected by the law. He said he sympathized with the “growing pains” of the CPD but it needs to be pushed. The senator explained the importance of making sure our professionals “meet global standards and be updated with the latest trends and best practices.”
A senate hearing on the CPD Law is expected to happen on September 4 at 11:00 in the morning.
SOURCE: The Summit Express