FNU Reacts with the New CPD Act of 2016, Burden for Nurses and Other Professionals

From the latest reported news through Philippine Daily Inquirer, a nursing group revealed their disappointment about the latest requirements that the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has imposed for the renewal of their professional licenses.

The new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act covers such guideline.

According for the published news report online, the nursing group decided to express their voice over their disappointment when renewing their licenses as professional nurses in the Philippines.

“Given that the laws like RA (Republic Act No.) 9173 — or the Nursing Law of 2002 — and the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers, which uphold the best interests of nurses, are little implemented and generally disregarded and violated, now comes another law that will further burden the already weighed down nurses,” said the Filipino Nurses United (FNU) in their statement as quoted by the PDI.

The group added that this would be an addition burden for them, especially for those underpaid professional nurses already.

Based on the new guideline, a professional or a nurse can only renew the license after earning at least 45CPD units. The CPD Act is one of the bills authorized by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and approved by the PRC.

The commission however already the latest guidelines about the implementation of the law, which the professionals need to read and understand.

FNU added that, “This mandatory CPD is also an unnecessary burden for nurses who are unemployed or in nonnursing jobs or stationed in far-flung areas. [They] should not be barred from renewing his/her professional ID that has already been rightfully earned.”

The group likewise believed that although the new law is aiming to improve the performance of the nurses in their field of job, it appears that the focus of the CPD Act of 2016 is to meet the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) integration fundamentals.

From the point of view of Junven Lavapie, the integration permits citizens of other members of the ASEAN to enter the Philippines and practice their professions in the country. Unfortunately, professional Filipinos cannot do the same thing if they go to other Asian countries.

The 23-year-old Civil Engineer Lavapie likewise stated that, “We’d have to take exams or study for another few years again in their country to do so. The CPD law allows us to ‘fix’ this issue.”

In line with this issue, the Optometric Association of the Philippines (OAP) shared the same point of view with the FNU and asking for the review of the new implemented law.

Many affected professionals are certainly waiting for the action and decision of the PRC, on whether it makes changes or not.


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Thousands of Professionals Signs Petition, Opposes New CPD Requirements

In a very surprising news update on Monday, almost 43,000 professionals in the Philippines signed a petition online that focuses to inform the rightful agency about that created the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act about the importance of re-evaluating the license renewal requirements.

The requirements made effective last March and many professionals disagree.

From the latest news report through inquirer.net, almost 43,000 professionals in the Philippines made an effort to sign a petition online through change.org to call the attention of the agency that created the CPD Act. According to Junven Lavapie, it appears that the new requirements are “seemingly unfair” to Filipino professionals and needs proper re-evaluation.

“As professionals in the Philippines, we strive hard to make a living for our families,” Said Lavapie. “That small plastic card we earned through our board exams, which took us four to eight years in college to learn, is an assuring edge for our tenureship. Honestly, a lot of us now feel that having our licenses is more of a burden than a privilege,” he added.

The 23-year-old Lavapie is a civil engineer and adding that the requirements may cause professionals much time and money because they will need to attend trainings and seminars.

The young engineer likewise revealed that if the Philippine government will have programs that can support the needs of the professionals and subsidize the CPD programs, the requirements can be acceptable.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is responsible in creating the CPD Act, which aim to require all professionals to complete their CDP units and if they pass, they can then renew their licenses through PRC.

The Professional Regulation Commission already issued new rules about the implementing of the law and a professional need to complete the required units before renewing the professional license.

The news report added that engineers, medical practitioners and architects need to pass about 45 units and 120 units for the accountants before their renewal.


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