[Statement] TDC on Senate hearing Re: Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016

TDC on Senate hearing RE CPD
February 14, 2018

Benjo Basas, National Chairperson, Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC). Photo by Arnel Tuazon

We participate in the Senate Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation’s hearing today to reiterate that we should be spared from the burdensome system of renewal of professional license. We were caught unaware as the Congress approves the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016 (RA 10912) or the CPD Law. Under which, teachers and other professionals are required to earn credit units to allow them to renew their respective licenses.

We do not need the PRC-accredited providers to apprise us on our roles as teachers and to provide continuing education. Public school teachers do not need to join trainings and seminars for the purpose of earning units because we have a built-in system that may be better than those providers. Our task is to teach and by doing so, we also have to study, whether on our own or through the DepEd-initiated training programs which in average would count for not less than 10 full days a year. We have the in-service trainings conducted during summer break, before the start of school year and another one that is being done every October. Learning action cell (LAC) a research and study session which is done for at once a month is another establish training tool in DepEd.

While we do not entirely oppose the CPD, we believe that its implementation should not burden teachers and all other professionals in any way, physically and financially. We fear that the intervention of private business would legitimize the money-making activities as what happened before. Worse it could even be a source of corruption as some professionals have reported.

That is the reason why as early as February last year, we have requested a dialogue with the PRC officials to discuss our worries and present our ideas that may be reflected in the implementing rules. Unfortunately, the PRC seemed not interested with our ideas. We turned to DepEd to raise our concerns, and fortunately, they promised us that they will coordinate with the proper agencies.

Now that this matter is being heard, may we respectfully ask this honorable committee to intervene in favor of the teachers and other professionals by taking a closer look at how the law is being implemented initially and ensure that it would serve its noble intention to improve the competence of the country’s professionals.

Lastly, may we propose that the DepEd with its entities, being the primary education and training agency in the country be recognized as a training center to provide CPD units not just for teachers- both in public and private schools but for all other professionals that may be appropriate. And these seminars should be given free or at a very minimal rate. #

For details:
Benjo Basas, TDC Chair, 0927-3356375/ 0999-9744612

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