PRC grants CPD units to frontliners providing essential services during pandemic. Professionals who rendered essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic may receive 25 to 45 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units to renew their licenses.
The Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) issued Resolution No. 1239, S. 2020 titled “GRANTING CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDIT UNITS TO
ALL PROFESSIONALS PROVIDING ESSENTIAL SERVICES DURING THE STATE
OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS DISEASE 2019.”
Under this Resolution, PRC will grant 25 to 45 CPD credit units that frontliners and essential service workers can use for renewing their Professional Identification Card (PIC) under the Self-Directed Learning modality.
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The Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016 (Republic Act 10912) requires all professionals to earn a specific number of units before the renewal of their licenses. The units are commonly acquired through development programs, like seminars, graduate studies, online courses, and etc. Read: How to renew PRC license?
A maximum of 45 CPD credit units may be granted to the following:
- Health and emergency frontliners who provided public health services in government health facilities
- Uniformed medical personnel
- Private health workers
- Health workers and volunteers of the Philippine Red Cross, World Health Organization, Health Maintenance Organizations, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation
- Disaster risk reduction management officers
- Public safety officers
- Researchers and scientists who developed COVID-19 test kits
- Professionals who designed or constructed quarantine facilities, disinfection chambers, and adapted medical equipment like ventilators and aerosol boxes
- Vital goods and service providers who provided social services “to secure the safety and well-being of persons”
These professionals may receive up to 25 CPD units:
- Volunteer professionals who offered services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including answering queries about the disease, online consultation, public health education and other activities related to their profession
- Volunteer professionals who responded and participated in social responsibility programs or projects, including packing and distributing protective gear and food to other frontliners
As proof of the services rendered, all covered professionals shall submit either a
Certification from Institution/Agency/Entity (Annex “A”) or own Declaration (Annex
“B”), as may be applicable.
Professionals can only use this activity for the Professional Identification Card (PIC) renewal by applying the same under Self-Directed Learning (SDL) modality.
However for this purpose the prescribed fee is deemed waived. Credit units
earned may be used for two (2) consecutive renewal cycles.
Professionals, on the appointed date of the release of PIC, shall proceed to the
venue chosen to claim it. Upon presentation of the above stated documents and
the other requirements for renewal, their PICs shall be released.
The SDL applications shall be subject to evaluation by the concerned CPD Council within fifteen (15) working days from receipt. The Council may request for
additional supporting documents from the applicant if deemed warranted.
The CPD Councils shall issue their respective advisories to assist and guide the
applicants on the award of CPD credit units.
Professionals who opt to apply the said CPD activities for consideration under the Career Progression and Specialization Program, shall submit the learning
outcomes thereof to the concerned CPD Council for evaluation and recognition.
The CPD Council may consider the learning outcomes derived from professional
experiences during the COVID-19 crisis as part of the requirements for the said
Read the full copy of PRC Resolution No. 1239 below:
Download: Resolution No. 1239, S. 2020
PRC grants CPD units to frontliners providing essential services during pandemic – Updated: May 18, 2020
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