PRC: Professionals giving essential services during COVID-19 crisis to earn CPD units

PRC CPD requirements update

All professionals providing essential services during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis will earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units, according to the Professional Regulation Commission.

PRC issued Resolution No. 1239 series of 2020 dated May 15, 2020 which seeks to grant CPD credit points to all professionals who are working or volunteering in essential services while the country is under state of public health emergency due to COVID-19 pandemic.

CPD units are required for the renewal of Professional Identification Card (PIC) or the license cards.

In the Resolution, all CPD Councils and Professional Regulatory Boards are in full support of this move “in recognition of the tasks and services provided.”

“During this crisis, the Commission recognizes the heroic and indispensable services that professionals have been tirelessly providing in various ways during this period,” the Resolution stated.

Who are qualified to receive and how many CPD units?

Health and Emergency Frontliners that provided public health services (all employees of the Department of Health (DOH), DOH Hospitals, Hospitals of LGUs and Provincial, City, and Rural Health Units, and Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers including those managed by other government agencies (e.g. police and military hospitals/clinics, university medical facilities), uniformed medical personnel, private health workers, such as but not limited to medical professionals, hospital and health facility administrative and maintenance staff, and aides from private health facilities, as well as their service providers, health workers and volunteers of the Philippine Red Cross and the World Health Organization, and the employees of Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), the Philippines Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), disaster risk reduction management officers, and public safety officers)

Researchers and scientists who developed testing kits, professionals who designed/constructed accommodations for suspected, probable and confirmed COVID-19 patients and health care workers, disinfection chambers and adapted medical equipment such as ventilators and aerosol boxes.
Vital Goods and Services Providers who provided health and social services to secure the safety and well-being of persons. such as but not limited to, food, water, medicine, medical devices, public utilities, energy and others as may be determined by the IATF.

Volunteer professionals who offered services during this COVID-19 crisis, including but not limited to answering queries about COVID-19, online consultation, public health education and other activities directly related to their profession.

Volunteer professionals who responded and participated in the Social Responsibility (CSR) programs/projects, whether in their personal capacity or through organizations, who collected, packed and distributed medical supplies and masks or personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals/medical facilities, and distributed food to frontliners serving in hospitals/medical facilities and security check points.

Professionals who apply for renewal of PIC using these credit units will be under the Self-Directed Learning modality, and the prescribed fee is deemed waived. CPD units earned may also be used for two consecutive renewal cycles.

As proof of the services rendered, all covered professionals need to submit Certification from Institution/Entity/Agency or own Declaration, with ready forms available at PRC.

This is a great move of the Commission in honoring the sacrifices of these professionals in the fight against COVID-19.

Check out the full text of Resolution below:

Certification form for Institution, Agency or Entity.

Declaration form.

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