Sunday, November 11, 2018

Stop PRC Training Scam, Solons Urged President Duterte



Composite photos from OFW and PTV News
Lawmakers, Aangat Tayo Party list Representative Neil Abayon and Bernadette Herrera – Dy of Bagong Henerasyon Party list urged President Rodrigo Duterte to finally cease the Continuing Professional Training Program as a prerequisite of Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), which they believe has become a fraud only to exploit all the money and endeavors of both amateur and seasoned professionals in the country.

They said that PRC managed to oblige professionals to sustain further education through various training and seminars but failed to establish an objective that deemed fit to their full advantage, particularly the skilled OFWs.


“Mr. President, please suspend this broken program indefinitely for the sake of Filipino professionals here and abroad, including tens of thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs),” they said.

They also said that the agency has been ‘deaf and blind’ about the sentiments of the professionals which prompted them to escalate the problem directly to the President.
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From the words of Abayon himself, the CPD Program has become a big – money making rip – off.

CPD Law Bound To Fail

Senate Records reveals that the CPD Law known as Republic Act 10912 is ‘An act mandating and strengthening the continuing professional development program for all regulated professions, creating continuing professional development council, and appropriating funds therefor, and for other related purposes.’

The CPD Law was prepared and submitted with the collaboration of the Civil Service and Government Reorganization and Finance with Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV as author, along with Cynthia Villar and Francis “Chiz” Escudero per Committee Report No. 95 pending approval in substitution of Senate Bill Number (SBN) 1005 or the ‘Act Mandating the Automation of a National Public-School Database’.

Legislative History shows that Senator Trillanes himself was the principal author along with other 17 Senators all in favor of such Law.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV / Photo from The Summit Express
Several professionals have already expressed with dissatisfaction over the CPD Act. Countless petitions from various professions have already been raised since last year.

ACT Teachers Party list Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro have initially filed House Bill No. 7171 in the House of Representatives to help repeal the controversial CPD Law

In a formal argument, these representatives described the CPD Law as “geared to benefit foreign corporations—not the professionals themselves nor the Philippine economy, aside from imposing multiple financial, logistical, and psychological burdens on teachers and other professionals.”

“This government should no longer inconvenience our professionals in the name of business and foreign interests. We strongly urge the House of Representatives and the Senate to immediately hear and pass House Bill No. 7171 to repeal the CPD Act of 2016,” they added.


Meanwhile, PRC justified that that the law was enacted primarily to conform with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Mutual Recognition Arrangements, the Philippine Qualifications Framework, and the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework to help Filipino professionals to be AT PAR with the standards of other countries.

Tinio, however, pointed out that the law only makes Filipinos “exported as cheap providers of professional services” adding that that it further promotes the “labor export policy, which already sends out of the country daily thousands of Filipinos, professionals among them.”

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Source: philstar.com