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CPD Law, An arrow in the neck of a professional

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) act or Republic Act 10912 is lapsed


law that passed by Sen Antonio Trillanes III, Is one of the most controversial and
pressing issues among the professional. The CPD law, which aims to “Enhance and
upgrade the competencies and qualifications of professionals for the practice of their
professions pursuant to the PQF, the AQRF and the ASEAN MRAs”. Under the CPD
Law, all professionals are required to earn CPD units by joining formal and non-formal
training for the renewal of their Professional Identification Card every three years.

With the effectivity of the CPD law, several professionals have already expressed
with dissatisfaction over the CPD Act. Since last year, countless of petitions from
various professions have been made. The CPD law is good per se, but making it
mandatory for the Professional Identification Card (PIC) renewal is somewhat a burden
for each professional. Several CPD providers emerged since the passing of the law,
making all professional as the “milking cow”.

Continuing education might be beneficial, but earning the CPD units appears too
much of a burden for underpaid professionals and to those are employed or in the labor
force, where they needs to leave or absent in their job just to attend the seminars. On top
of this, Professionals are paying the annual PTRs and taxes and the Accredited
Professional Organizations (APO) are collecting annual dues or fees to its member without
offering any benefits to its member.

The CPD law does not even honor the masters or doctorate degree of a
professional as an upgrade the competencies and qualifications of professionals for the
practice of their professions, rather a point system to be collected for the PIC license
renewal.

In the CPD law, there is also a provision for self-directed program, however the
process is very tedious. In order to qualify for the self-directed program, you need at least
2 months prior to the PIC renewal, and that would be subject for evaluation of the board
and certain fee for the approval equivalent to CPD point, aside from the renewal fee of the
PIC.

Although PRC (Professional Regulatory Commission) says that they are


exercising “maximum flexibility” that they will allow professional to renew provided that it
will go undertaking, that professional will comply the required point to be doubled on the
next cycle. This policy by PRC is somewhat alleviates the burden for the professional.

The intention of the law is good, but the implementation needs to be reviewed
and polished. CPD program should not be a mandatory rather a responsibility of the
each professional to alleviate their competencies. Points system should not be imposed,
but rather merit scheme should be exercised. CPD programs should be more
accessible and not time and money limitation for each professionals. They should not
need to be “spoon fed” and treated as the “milking cow”, rather treated with utmost
respect. To be a Licensed Professional, an individual need to finish a baccalaureate
degree of 4-5 years and undergo practicum or diversified experience before taking the
challenging board exam.
Traffic Congestion is the one of the most pressing issues need to be resolve by
the government. Huge amount of money is lost on a daily basis for every hour being
spent on the road due to the congestion. The Philippine had plenty of land based
transportation mode, such as bus, taxis, jeepneys, motorcycle, FX, UV express,
tricycles, “Kuliglig” and “habal-habal”, and the most recent ar the app based transport
system UBER and GRAB. There are 4 currently railway system in the metro manila,
such as the PNR, LRT line 1, LRT line 2, MRT, which latter never failed to fail. Among
aforementioned land based transportation, Railway system is the most effective way of
moving people. Even developing and rich countries like Copenhagen, Singapore,
Japan, etc., have more than adequate of railway system.

Improper allocation of the land, zoning, commercialization, and patronage to car


mentality had led to the traffic congestion. Concentration of economic activities in a
particular area also created a huge amount of the population agglomerations, which
somehow led to the population boom in a certain place.

Traffic congestion also contributes to the high amount of carbon foot print due the
heat and smoke emission as well as the higher demand for the fuel. This also affects
the physiological and psychological health of an individual. Productivities is greatly
affected due the delays of the deliveries, poor concentration of individual in labor force,
and etc. Time spent in the traffic congestion is also stealing the quality time for the
families of the Filipinos.

Since the emergence of the app based TNVS, which aims reduce car usage and
promote carpooling, this has been taken for granted by the Filipinos. Middle income
earners took advantage on the low-down payment scheme of the car dealer to avail and
extra income aside from their regular job. Even business oriented person resulted in
investing in several TNVS units and created more money making-opportunities.

Pedestrian friendly environment were never been consider in any public works
improvements. Sidewalks were been reclaimed to be part of the road widening project,
which led to more accommodation for the cars. Somehow, some of the sidewalks are
not pedestrian and barrier-free friendly. Obstacles such as the electrical post, boundary
markers, lighting post, and even side walk vendors. Even small or Barangay roads that
can be an alternate route were been blocked by those who have cars with no parking
space.

Decentralization of the economic activities should be considered by the


government. Also, alternative mode of transportation should be considered such as the
bike sharing programs. Countries like Amsterdam and Japan are one of the examples
that promotes bicycle as an alternative mode of transport. The government should be
more aggressive in building more railway system rather than road and highways.
Vehicle or car ownership should be limited only to those who have enough parking
space. Pedestrian friendly environment should also be considered in the road network
development.