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Rep. Paolo seeks to scrap ‘unreasonable’ CPD law

House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte will file a measure to repeal Republic Act No. 10912 or the “Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016.”

With four years since its enactment, Congressman Duterte said in a statement released late Tuesday night that the requirements set by the CPD law “just adds up to the burden” that professionals have to deal with.
“After a long day of work, they are forced to spend a bulk of their salary, take absences from work, and go through unreasonable hardships just so they can renew their licenses and continue the practice of their professions,” he said.

Authored by senators Cynthia Villar, Francis Escudero, and former senator Antonio Trillanes IV, RA 10912 was passed into law in July 2016 and took effect in August 2016. The implementation of the law started on March 15, 2017.

Duterte said that the CPD law is “uncalled for.”

“To address this, we will file a bill repealing this anti-professional measure introduced by Trillanes,” he said, noting that the professionals can meet the global standards through other means, “without passing the burden to them.”

The lawmaker also said that the proposed measure also serves as a gratitude to the frontliners who continue to render the service for the country, “especially in this time of (COVID-19) crisis.”

“We have witnessed the selfless acts of our professional frontliners. They do not deserve the CPD law,” Duterte said.

“This is long overdue. We will not just file it for the sake of filing. We will file this bill, seek support from our colleagues in Congress, and make sure that this is enacted as soon as possible,” he added.

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