Professionals are required to go through further formal and informal trainings before they can renew their licenses.
This will take effect once Senate Bill 2581 or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act of 2015 becomes a law.
Last week, the Senate approved the bill on third and final reading.
The bill states, “CPD is hereby made as a mandatory requirement in the renewal of the Professional Identification Cards of all registered and licensed professionals under the regulation of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).”
Senator Antonio Trillanes, author of the bill and chairman of the committee on civil service and government reorganization, said the bill aims to boost the competence of professionals in the country.
“CPD is the post-licensure practice of inculcating skills, knowledge and ethical values upon all professionals through various methods such as formal learning, informal learning, self-directed learning, on-line learning activities and accredited professional work experience,” he said.
All government agencies and private companies, under the proposed law, are also mandated to incorporate formal and informal learning requirements in their human resource development plan.
“This is part of our preparations for the formation of ASEAN economic community (AEC) this year,” Trillanes said.
“We have to go with the standards in the national, regional and international labor markets” given the envisioned AEC,” he stressed.
Professional Regulatory Boards will oversee the monitoring of the post-licensure to be managed by CPD councils. IMT