Paolo Duterte files bill repealing CPD law

Paolo Duterte files bill repealing CPD law.

House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte wants to repeal the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) law for being a “burden” on the country’s professionals.

In a statement late Tuesday evening, Duterte said he will file a measure repealing the Republic Act 10912 or the “Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act of 2016,”, which sets mandatory requirements for the renewal of the Professional Identification Card.

The law provides that anyone who works within a sector that is formally regulated is likely to be required to track and progress their CPD to maintain their license to practice or professional qualifications.

“While we support lifelong learning among our professionals to further their craft, the requirements set by the CPD law just adds to the burden they have 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,” the presidential son pointed out.

Duterte, the city’s first district representative, described the law — introduced by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV — as against the interest of the professional sector.

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

Duterte said the repeal of the CPD law would also serve as a gratitude to the professional front-liners who “continuously render their service to the country especially during the time of crisis.”

“We have witnessed the selfless acts of our professional front-liners. 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,” he added. (via PNA)

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