Good news! The Philippine Regulation Commission has realized that it's probably not a good idea to immediately implement the "CPD Act of 2016" at its full capacity. At least they've said as much in a
amendment to the original Implementing Rules and Regulations (also known as the IRR). It reads quite clearly: "the Commission recognized the need to address issues and concerns by revisiting the pertinent provisions of the IRR of the CPD Act of 2016."
Detailed in it is a lot of great stuff, with changes that are a breath of fresh air for professionals and CPD Providers all over the country. There's a lot of legalese jargon in the document, so we've gone ahead and compiled the best hits to keep you up to date! Some of these are temporary changes during a "transition period." We'll explain what that means in more detail later on.
1. CPD Units requirement has been reduced to 15 units during the transition period.
2. OFWs are exempted from the CPD requirement during the transition period.
3. Newly licensed professionals are not covered by the CPD requirement for their first license renewal cycle during the transition period.
4. CPD Providers do not have to be accredited by every CPD Council of each profession they want to provide programs to. Once accredited by one profession, a CPD Provider can apply their PROGRAM to any other CPD Council.
5. Councils must approve or reject CPD Programs within 10 days of application (down from 45 days), otherwise the program is automatically deemed approve.
6. If you have previously executed an Undertaking during your last license renewal to delay compliance, you will only need to comply with the amended requirement of 15 units.
So how long will this transition period last for? It's actually entirely dependent on the ability for the PRC and each CPD Council to accomplish a list of deliverables. At the PRC level, these include things like infrastructure improvements to IT, physical facilities, and manpower requirements. At the CPD Council level, they will need to amend and finalize their Operational Guidelines (some professions still don't have their OGs published).
In other words, it seems that the transition period will last for an indefinite amount of time until the PRC is confident that they've got everything up and running efficiently. This strategy makes a lot of sense, and it's better they implement it now than never.
There is also a strong push for integrating the Philippine Qualifications Framework (or PQF) and Career Progression and Specialization into the CPD efforts. These topics deserve separate blog posts on their own, but in a nutshell it's the push for more integration of Filipino professionals with other countries. The goal being that we will be able to work abroad with fewer if not any permits.