Filipino professionals may soon be required to take additional formal and non-formal learning before they can renew their licenses and identification cards after the Senate approved on third and final reading the proposed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act of 2015.
In the report submitted by the Senate Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization, it defines CPD as the "inculcation of advanced knowledge, skills, and ethical values in a post-licensure specialization or in an inter- or multi-disciplinary filed of study, for assimilation into professional practice, self-directed research and/or lifelong learning."
"The CPD is hereby made as a mandatory requirement in the renewal of the Professional Identification Cards of all registered and licensed professionals under the regulation of the PRC," the bill states.
"We are pushing for the passage of a separate and all-encompassing measure that specifically provides for the continuing professional development of all professionals in the country, since not all professional regulatory bills can be amended at present due to time limitations," Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, chairman of the Senate panel and author of the bill, noted.
Trillanes said the proposed law aims not only to strengthen government efforts towards CPD but likewise enhances the competencies of professionals to respond to the standards of international labor markets.
"[It will help in] strengthening the Filipino workforce and producing highly-competent professionals, who are considered as our country's best asset due to their leading role in national growth and prosperity," Senate President Franklin Drilon added.
Under Senate Bill 2581, all government agencies and private organizations employing professionals will be required to include CPD as part of their human resource development program.
The proposed law also creates a CPD Council in each of the regulated professions, which shall be under the supervision of the respective Professional Regulatory Boards (PRBs).
Part of the CPD Council's functions is to evaluate and monitor the implementation of CPD programs, and conduct researches for the international alignment of CPD programs. —ALG, GMA News