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-Brenda B.

Corpuz, PhD
“Who dares to teach must never
cease to learn.”
- Unknown -
 Theprofessional license for teaching obtained after
passing the License Examination For Teachers
(LET) simply tells that the professional teacher
possesses the minimum competencies expected of
professional teachers, Hence, every professional
teacher is expected to continue developing after
obtaining his/her professional license.
The Code of Professional Conduct for Public
School Teachers cited in SECTION 7 OF RA 4670

“Responsibility is something expected of a professional

teacher. The work of the teacher in the development and
guidance of the young is a tremendous responsibility for
which he is accountable to God, to his country, and to
posterity. It is a trust which every teacher should strive to
be worthy.”
 When doctors and nurses commit mistake, they
bury their mistake. When a lawyer commits a
mistake, he/she puts his/her mistake behind
bars. What about the teacher? When a teacher
commits a mistake he/she multiplies that
mistake. A professional, therefore, cannot
afford to commit a mistake. A professional
needs to go through CPD.
With the enactment of RA 10912, the CPD
Law of 2016, CPD for all the professions
regulated by the PRC is now mandatory.
Mandatory CPD is the only way all
professionals including teachers are made to
go through CPD.
CPD for professional teachers is not an
option. It is a necessity. Continuing
Professional Development for
professional teachers sharpens the
professional teachers’ competitive edge
in a highly competitive global world.
The Philosophical Basis of CPD
“Growth is an evidence of life.” This implies that
anything that is alive grows or anything that grows is
alive. So a teacher who is alive physically, psychologically,
mentally, socially, emotionally, spiritually. If he/she
doesn’t grow, it means he/she is no longer alive.

“Man/woman is an unfinished project.” For a

professional teacher, he/she is always in the process of
becoming better and better as a person and as a
professional teacher.
No person, no professional can claim he/she
already “arrived” at a state of perfection.

Neither “Perfecta” nor “Perfecto” who is

perfect by name is not perfect. This means
that no professional has arrived at a perfect
state. This implies every professional is
expected to continue developing.
The Historical and Legal Bases of
Continuing Professional Development in
the Philippines

 Even before the enactment of this CPD Act of 2016,

CPD was already alluded to in the 1987 Philippine
Constitution. No less than the fundamental law of the
land, Section 5, Paragraph 4, states:
“the state shall enhance the right of teachers to
professional advancement.”