By Francine Ciasico
“I totally sympathize with our professionals as they go through the growing pains of this new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) law,” said Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday following the number of issues faced by the local professionals when the CPD law was implemented in the country.
Trillanes said this after user ‘Tanakreshna’ inquired on Reddit, an online forum, about the opposition senator’s opinion on the matter.
“My office has already conducted 3 public hearings to address some concerns and has been closely working with the PRC to make the CPD programs affordable and accessible to them,” he wrote.
“We have gained headway in providing free CPD programs for public school teachers and nurses as both the DepEd and DOH are mandated to be CPD providers. We were also able to reduce the required CPD units for certain professions,” Trillanes shared.
“Moreover, we are pressing the PRC to provide online courses to do away with the costly sit-in programs,” he added.
Trillanes also cited reasons why the CPD law was passed in the Congress
“First, it was a requisite for the ASEAN integration. It is to enable cross-employment of professionals within the ASEAN region,” the senator pointed out.
“If we didn’t pass that, our professionals would be placed [at] disadvantage because the professionals in other member-states can work here while ours cannot work in their countries,” Trillanes added.
“Second, it is intended to help our professionals meet the global standards and be updated with the latest trends and best practices of their profession,” he said.
“For example, a nursing graduate in 1980 who didn’t practice her profession and suddenly decided to practice nursing again, may not be abreast with the developments within the nursing profession,” the senator continued.
“Third, most countries have their own CPD laws or programs for different professions,” Trillanes stated.