Filipino teachers working in Thailand as well those in other countries, will be temporarily exempted from submitting the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units for the renewal of their license cards.
Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), in Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 07, Series of 2017, granted this exemption to licensed professionals, who may be unable to gain enough CPD units on time due to “justifiable reasons” to be determined by its Regional directors, Manila Bulletin reported..
The report added that these justifiable reasons include medical reasons, unforeseen or uncontrolled events (e.g. Martial Law declaration, recent typhoon, fire, et. al.), professionals working overseas, unemployed or financially handicapped.
According to PRC Commissioner Yolanda Reyes, professionals under this “exemption” must complete the necessary form and submit it to the Continuing Professional Development council, which is composed of the PRC, professional boards, and other stakeholders for approval.
Commissioner Reyes said the procedure will give ample time to the professional to complete the required number of CPD units.
“If they lack the necessary Continuing Professional Development units, they could go through this undertaking and promise they will comply with it in the future, PRC Commissioner Reyes said.
Commissioner Reyes also added that the exemption will be good for a maximum of three years or until applicants renew their PRC IDs.
Free CPD programs for hired professionals
Aside from the CPD exemption, MC No. 7 also authorized government agencies to become CPD providers.
The MC No. 7 does not only exempt CPD units but it also gives authority to government agencies to become CPD providers themselves.
Teofilo Pilando Jr., PRC Chairman, said that government agencies including state universities and colleges (SUC) and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCC), will provide Continuing Professional Development programs for free to their employees who are registered professionals.
“We came up with circular to encourage government agencies to be providers themselves for their employees. And then we give them incentives. They are free from the usual (registration) fees,” PRC Chairman Pilando said.
According to Pilando, Continuing Professional Development providers in the country need to increase to meet the large number of professionals who need to obtain CPD units to have their license renewed.
PRC said, as of June 30, 2017, there were only 115 CPD providers across the country offering 6,815 programs.
Source: Manila Bulletin
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