MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), together with the Career Progression and Specialization Program – Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (CPSP – CATS) Program Management Committee, presented the provisions of PRC Resolution No. 1591 (s. 2022), “Guidelines on the Accreditation of Specialty Society / Organization and other Specialty Categories Providing Structured Training Programs for Professionals”, through a public orientation via Zoom and PRC Official Facebook Account Live Stream last May 5, 2023.
With over a thousand and a hundred attendees, both local and international professionals were warmly received by Hon. Jose Y. Cueto, Jr., Oversight Commissioner for CPD and CPSP – CATS. He mentioned the developmental role of the PRC in the day’s activity. Moreover, he emphasized the importance of the presence and implementation of the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) and the Asian Qualification Reference Framework (AQRF). He further encouraged everyone for their contribution of ideas and inputs, constructive feedback, and suggestion for considerable improvement of the Resolution.
The following were highlighted during the orientation: a) Purpose and Impact of Accreditation on Specialty Societies, Organizations and other Specialty Categories (as discussed by Hon. Melinda Lopez – Garcia, Officer-in-Charge for PRB of dentistry and Program Manager of CPSP – CATS PMC), b) Qualifications of Specialty Society / Organization and Other Specialty Categories (as discussed by Hon. Jerico T. Borja, Member for PRB Mechanical Engineering and Vice-Program Manager for CPSP – CATs PMC), c) Procedure of Accreditation (as presented by Atty. Maria Liza M. Hernandez, Director for PRC Regulation Office), d) Accountability of Accredited Specialty Society / Organizations / Categories / Sub-Specialty Boards (as presented by Hon. Cecilia Herras – Tence, Member for PRB of Landscape Architecture and Chairperson of CPSP-CATS Technology Cluster, and e) the formulation of Non-Traditional Specialty Society (as presented by Hon. Herminio J. Orbe, Member for PRB of Electronics Engineering and Chairman of CPSP-CATS Engineering Cluster). To be enlightened, to be clarified at points of puzzlement, and to give suggestions and comments, attendees of the orientation were given an Open Forum.
It was hoped that the stakeholders had been familiarized with the Resolution, its purpose and basis, and the impact of the accreditation. Thus, such accreditation shall be able to provide a standard for the recognition of certificates and licenses, facilitate recognition of professional qualifications locally and internationally, provide the public assurance of quality professional service, promote accountability and build workforce confidence, and assure relevance and standards of training programs aligned to industry requirements