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PRC Resolution No. 2019-1146 S. 2019 or the IRR of the Continuing Professional Development(CPD) Act Of 2016

PRC Resolution No. 2019-1146 S. 2019 or the IRR of the Continuing Professional  Development(Cpd) Act Of 2016

Series of 2019


WHEREAS, Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10912 or the "CPD Act of 2016" was enacted to  promote and upgrade the practice of the professions in the country and institute measures that will continuously improve the competence of the professionals in accordance with the international standards of practice, thereby, ensuring their contribution in uplifting the general welfare, economic growth and development of the nation. 

WHEREAS, the Professional Regulation Commission (Commission), upon recommendation of the CPD Program Management Committee and after consultation with the various Professional Regulatory Boards (Boards) and their respective stakeholders, issued Resolution No. 1032 (s. 2017) or the IRR of R.A. 10912, which was published on February 28, 2017.

WHEREAS, the Commission faced constraints and challenges as it carried out its mandate to give effect to the intent and purpose of the CPD Act of 2016. 

WHEREAS, with the subsequent enactment of Republic Act (R.A.) No. 10968 or the "Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) Act", there is a need to review the IRR of the CPD Act of 2016 and institutionalize the Career Progression and Specialization in all professions as part of CPD for the transfer or award of Credit Units to upgrade professional qualification levels. 

WHEREAS, CPD is a recognition and eligibility requirement in bilateral, regional or international agreements, such as in the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreements that facilitate mobility and cross border practice. 

WHEREAS, as a result of the consultations with various stakeholders, the Commission recognized the need to address issues and concerns by revisiting the pertinent provisions of the IRR of the CPD Act of 2016. 

WHEREAS, there is a need to provide a transition period that will enable the Commission and stakeholders to complete antecedent requirements for the efficient implementation of the provisions of the CPD Act of 2016. 

NOW THEREFORE, the Commission RESOLVED, as it now RESOLVES, to issue the following amendments to Commission Resolution No. 1032 (s. 2017): 

Section 1. Section 3.27 is hereby amended to be read as: 

Section 3.27. Professional Identification Card (PIC) - refers to the card bearing the registration number, dates of issuance and expiry, duly signed by the Chairperson of the Commission issued to a registered professional upon payment of fees. The PIC is renewable every three (3) years upon compliance with the requirements set by law.

Section 2. Section 8.2.4 is hereby amended to be read as: 
Section 8.2.4. Accreditation of CPD Programs - A CPD provider shall apply for accreditation of its program to the CPD Council. The CPD provider shall indicate the number of times the program will be offered for monitoring purposes. 
An accredited CPD Provider of a particular profession may apply for accreditation of its program/s to the CPD Council of other professions subject to the approval of the CPD Council concerned. 
In-house training programs and capacity-building activities of government agencies and government corporations, including local government units, and private employers shall be accredited and considered as CPD compliance of their employed professionals. 

Section 3. Sections 10.1, 10.2, 10.3 and 10.4 are hereby deleted and shall be amended as follows: 

Section 10. CPD as Mandatory Requirement in the Renewal of Professional License and Accreditation System for the Practice of Professions. - The CPD is hereby made as a mandatory requirement in the renewal of the PICs of all registered and licensed professionals under the regulation of the Commission. 

10.1. The implementation of this provision shall provide a transition period to develop the necessary standards, processes, capacity, and infrastructure while minimizing the cost and inconvenience to professionals covered by the requirement. Attached hereto as Annex "A" is the list of the priority deliverables as antecedent requirements for the full implementation of the CPD Act of 2016. 

10.2. During this transition period, the following shall be observed: 

a) Professionals working overseas shall not be covered by the CPD 

b) Newly licensed professionals shall not be covered by the CPD 
requirement for the first renewal cycle after obtaining their license. 
c) The various CPD Councils shall reduce the required CPD credit units 
to a minimum, which shall not be more than fifteen (15), as provided 
for under applicable laws. 
CPD Credit Units refer to the value of an amount of learning achieved from formal, informal or non-formal learning including professional work experience wherein credits can be accumulated to predetermined levels for the award of a qualification. 

Provided, however, that the following shall not be covered during this transition period: 

a) Where Professional Regulatory Laws (PRLs) of covered professions 
require compliance with specific number of CPD Credit Units for the 
renewal of the PIC. 

b) Where the professional intends to practice the profession in countries 
covered by bilateral, regional or international agreements in which 
CPD is a recognition and eligibility requirement, such as the ASEAN 
Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs). 

10.3. The transition period allowing the gradual and efficient 
implementation of the objectives of the CPD Act of 2016 shall expire after all antecedents had been met, upon the recommendation of the CPD Councils through their respective Boards and approved by the Commission. 

10.4. After the transition period, while the CPD Act of 2016 shall be applied in its entirety, measures shall always be ensured to address issues raised in its implementation. 

10.5. The pursuit of continuing and lifelong learning shall not be curtailed and on-the-job non-formal and informal learning shall be encouraged. 

Section 4.Section 11 is likewise amended to read as: 
Section 11. Recognition of Credit Units - All duly validated and recognized CPD credit units earned by a professional shall, among others, be accumulated and transferred in accordance with the pathways and equivalencies of the POF. 

Section 5. The following provisions are hereby added as Sections 14, 15, 15.1, 15.2 
and 15.3, Rule III: 

Section 14. Presumptive Approval - All CPD programs duly submitted  for accreditation shall be deemed approved after ten (10) working days  from receipt thereof if no feedback from the CPD Council is received.  Thereafter, the CPD providers shall be allowed to offer the same,  provided, that the applicable rule of awarding of credits is strictly observed. 

The CPD Council or its designated monitors shall evaluate the implementation of the programs/services offered. 

Fraudulent acts in the implementation of the CPD program are punishable under the pertinent provisions of applicable laws. 

Section 15. Supplementary Provisions. 
15.1. The Boards and their respective CPD Councils are given a period of one (1) month to consult with their stakeholders for the review of their Operational Guidelines and to accordingly amend the same to conform with this issuance. Those which have not issued their Operational Guidelines shall be guided by this issuance. 

15.2. CPD providers with valid accreditation at the time this Resolution takes effect may still continue their public offering of CPD programs and award the corresponding CPD credit units approved by the concerned CPD Councils. 

15.3. Professionals who executed an Undertaking prior to the effectivity of this Resolution shall only comply with the required number of credit units as amended pursuant to this Resolution equivalent to not more than fifteen (15) credit units. 

Section 5. Sections 14 to 19, Rule IV of Resolution No. 1032 are hereby renumbered
as Sections 16 to 21 respectively.

Section 6. Repealing Clause- Sections 3.27, 8.2.4, 10.1,10.2,10.3, 10.4 and 11 of
Resolution No. 1032, Series of 2017 are hereby repealed or modified accordingly. 

Section 7. Effectivity - This Resolution shall take effect after fifteen (15) days following its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation, copy furnished the U.P Law Center.
Done this 7thday of Feb., 2019 in Manila, Philippines.




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