By Samuel Medenilla
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) said professionals could comply with the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirement without spending a single peso through their employers.
PRC officer-in-charge (OIC) Standards and Inspection Division Maria Liza Hernandez said company seminars could provide CPD units to professionals if their employers get the necessary accreditation from PRC.
“The company will only have to pay P5,000 for the accreditation which is good for three years. Then their human resources could apply each of their (seminar) programs for P1,000,” Hernandez explained.
“Once the companies becomes accredited, all of their professionals could get the CPD units at no cost by attending company seminars,” she added.
On Monday, PRC also released a circular allowing government agencies to register as CPD providers for free.
Hernandez said the aforementioned measures are pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act No. 10912 of the CPD Law, which states that all private and government, are required to include CPD as part of their human resource development program.
Aside from attending seminars, she also explained professionals could get the CPD units through academic means like getting a postgraduate degrees or through other activities related to their professions like becoming a source person or doing socio-civic activities.
For such activities, she said professionals would only have to shell out P1,000 to convert the said activities to CPD units.
“If they will go through this track, then they don’t have to attend seminars anymore,” Hernandez said.
PRC issued the statement after a group professional started an online signature petition at Change.org to call on PRC to review the implementation of the CPD program.
As of yesterday, around 49,000 professional have signed the petition to change the guidelines of the CPD program since they claim it forces them to attend costly seminars from accredited CPD providers in exchange for CPD units.
Under the CPD Law, all professionals are required to obtain the necessary CPD units as prescribed by their respective professional regulatory boards (PRB) to renew their professional Identification Cards.