PRC: No more CPD for OFWs

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DUBAI – Great news for all overseas Filipino workers! The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) of the Philippines has announced that it will defer Continuing Professional Development (CPD) applications for certain individuals, including OFWs.

BANNER 2Released on its website on Monday, July 31, the PRC added the news with its call for all government agencies in the country to apply for accreditation as CPD providers.

“Under the Memorandum Circular No. 07, Series of 2017 and Section 13, Article II of Republic Act No. 10912, also known as the ‘Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016’, the PRC has called all government agencies, including the state universities and colleges [SUC] and government owned and controlled corporations [GOCC] to apply for accreditation as CPD providers,” the post read.

Every Filipino professional, may it be an engineer, nurse, doctor or teacher, needs to obtain a PRC license from the authority to practice. To obtain or renew their license, one would need to earn CPD units every year.

“In the event that the program will be offered for a fee to professionals not employed by the agency, SUC or GOCC, the PRC will require the applicant to pay the prescribed fee of P1,000 pesos for the accreditation in the program,” PRC stated.

“However, the Commission gives some special consideration to defer the application for CPD units for justifiable BANNER 1reasons such as: medical, unforeseen or uncontrolled events (e.g. Martial Law declaration, recent typhoon, fire, et. al.), professional working overseas, for employment purposes, unemployed or financially handicapped and other analogous circumstances as may be determined to be justifiable by the Regional Director concerned,” it added.

The R.A. No. 10912 further stated that the PRC wanted all government agencies to work together to enhance professional knowledge and technical skills of their professionals to be globally competitive.

“It is good news for us, and at least for those who wish to renew without CPD can do now,” Eng. Tata Dayot told Kabayan Weekly.

She stated that although the PRC license is not honored in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), majority of the OFWs would still want their records to stay active. That was why many have opted to renew it.

She was disappointed at first when she found out that earning CPD units was required to renew their licenses. However, she is now delighted with the law.

“We are thankful PRC has given us that privilege to us [OFWs],” Dayot said.

Janrey Quiben renewed his PRC license on Tuesday, August 1, in the Philippines. According to the English teacher from The Philippine School (TPS) Dubai, he did not attend any seminar or CPD to renew his license.

“I only paid around 400 pesos for my card,” he told Kabayan Weekly.

The 23-year old commended the PRC for its speedy process. He was not aware of the new law but shared that his experience with the authority had been very positive.

– Great news for all overseas Filipino workers! The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) of the Philippines has announced that it will defer Continuing Professional Development (CPD) applications for certain individuals, including OFWs.

Released on its website on Monday, July 31, the PRC added the news with its call for all government agencies in the country to apply for accreditation as CPD providers.

“Under the Memorandum Circular No. 07, Series of 2017 and Section 13, Article II of Republic Act No. 10912, also known as the ‘Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016’, the PRC has called all government agencies, including the state universities and colleges [SUC] and government owned and controlled corporations [GOCC] to apply for accreditation as CPD providers,” the post read.

Every Filipino professional, may it be an engineer, nurse, doctor or teacher, needs to obtain a PRC license from the authority to practice. To obtain or renew their license, one would need to earn CPD units every year.

“In the event that the program will be offered for a fee to professionals not employed by the agency, SUC or GOCC, the PRC will require the applicant to pay the prescribed fee of P1,000 pesos for the accreditation in the program,” PRC stated.

“However, the Commission gives some special consideration to defer the application for CPD units for justifiable reasons such as: medical, unforeseen or uncontrolled events (e.g. Martial Law declaration, recent typhoon, fire, et. al.), professional working overseas, for employment purposes, unemployed or financially handicapped and other analogous circumstances as may be determined to be justifiable by the Regional Director concerned,” it added.

The R.A. No. 10912 further stated that the PRC wanted all government agencies to work together to enhance professional knowledge and technical skills of their professionals to be globally competitive.

“It is good news for us, and at least for those who wish to renew without CPD can do now,” Eng. Tata Dayot told Kabayan Weekly.

She stated that although the PRC license is not honored in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), majority of the OFWs would still want their records to stay active. That was why many have opted to renew it.

She was disappointed at first when she found out that earning CPD units was required to renew their licenses. However, she is now delighted with the law.

“We are thankful PRC has given us that privilege to us [OFWs],” Dayot said.

Janrey Quiben renewed his PRC license on Tuesday, August 1, in the Philippines. According to the English teacher from The Philippine School (TPS) Dubai, he did not attend any seminar or CPD to renew his license.

“I only paid around 400 pesos for my card,” he told Kabayan Weekly.

The 23-year old commended the PRC for its speedy process. He was not aware of the new law but shared that his experience with the authority had been very positive.

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