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Civil engineer on CPD seminar: “Parang naperahan lang kami”

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It was disappointing and degrading! “Parang naperahan lang kami”.

This summarized the letter of complaint of an engineer who recently attended a required Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminar.  Under the CPD Law, all professionals must obtain the required CPD units based on their respective professional regulatory boards (PRB) prior to the renewal of their professional Identification Cards.

Mistreated engineers 

The accompanying photo showed many of the attendees settled to sit on the floor while others stood for the duration of the seminar. They are all Licensed Civil Engineers who deserved better treatment, especially they paid for it using their hard-earned money.

In the letter, the sender who requested for an anonymity cited the following reasons why he was so disappointed with his experience.

Bad experiences during the seminar 

First, there was a long line during registration. It took 1-2 hours before all attendees were able to enter the venue, resulting in missing out some sessions.

Second, some topics discussed were not related to their profession like architectural matters. There was nothing new that enhanced or upgraded their knowledge and skills. Speakers delivered their individual topics without much enthusiasm like they were just telling stories. He recalled that even if he wanted to skip one or two sessions, he couldn’t because facilitators checked the IDs every session. He said that that watching TED talks in the YouTube gave him more knowledge.

Third, the seats were limited. There was no free meal or a light snack. To think that they paid P3,500.00 for the seminar. The participants could not get out to buy their own food or refreshment because if they come late in the next session, their IDs would not be accepted for scanning.

He also revealed that there were handlers holding a lot of IDs, the staff tasked to scan accommodated them without question perhaps due to compliance, too. All the above-mentioned complaints clearly demonstrated the lack of proper respect for Civil Engineers who were there to fulfill their CPD requirements.
In view of this matter, many are already clamoring for the abolition of CPD Law. Recent numbers showed about 50,00 professionals already signed the online petition at requesting the PRC to change the guidelines that force them to attend the mandatory seminars in exchange of CPD Units.

CPD law authors

The authors of the CPD law were Senators Antonio Trillanes, Cynthia Villar, and Chiz Escudero. It became a law on July 21, 2016.

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Heto ang isang sulat na natanggap ko tungkol sa CPD Law. This time, Civil Engineering CPD units naman ang isyu. Tara't basahin natin.


Hello TP,

Grabe ang sinapit namin mga civil Engineers. Talagang naperahan lang kami sa CPD Seminar.

1. Ang haba ng pila papasok ng venue. Umaabot pa ng 1-2 hours ang pila. Namimiss na yung ibang sessions.

2. Unrelated ang mga topics pero hindi ka puwedeng mag absent kasi chinecheck ang ID bawat session. May mga topics na architectural. Walang bago. Parang nagkekwento lang! Mas marami pa matutunan sa TED talks sa youtube.

3. Kulang-kulang ang upuan (See image). Binaboy ang profession ng mga civil engineer. Ang mahal mahal ng bayad 3500 walang snack, walang meals, wala pang upuan.

4. Ang dami ring nagpapa scan ng ID. May mga handlers, ang daming hawak na ID. Hinahayaan ng mga nag iiscan para sa compliance na rin.

Please hide my identity TP. Thanks

Engr. ***** *. *****

Chief Operations Officer
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Source: Thinking Pinoy