Just three days – and a weekend – after it was raised by a representative of a party group, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) suspended its policy which bars teachers and other professionals with administrative business in courses resulting from unpaid debts to have their licenses renewed. .
This was announced on Sunday September 11 by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Sec. Bienvenido E. Laguesma in response to the question raised by the representative of the list of the ACT teachers party France Castro during the congressional deliberation on the budget of the DOLE on Thursday.
PRC is an agency attached to DOLE.
PRC Memorandum Order No. 44 is said to be used by loan sharks to harass teachers and force them to settle their debts at all costs.
It is not immediately clear why the PRC issued and implemented the memorandum.
But according to Laguesma, the policy is unfair because it places an undue burden on professionals with ongoing administrative cases.
“How can they pay what they borrow if they can’t work because the PRC won’t renew their licenses,” Laguesma said.
The suspension of Memorandum Order No. 44 is contained in Resolution No. 1558 signed by Acting PRC President Jose Cueto Jr. and Commissioner Erwin Enad.
But Cueto said that during the suspension of the policy, the PRC will review and consult with its various professional councils with the aim of promoting efficiency and fairness in its disciplinary processes and procedures.
Laguesma commended the CRP for responding immediately to the issue, noting that this will bring not only teachers but other professionals immediate relief.
While emphasizing that payment of debts and professional discipline remain primary concerns, he also clarified that in revising its disciplinary policy and procedures, the CRP should focus its regulatory function on undesirable acts arising from the exercise of occupations.
“Every regulation must pass the test of reasonableness and must not be used to penalize professionals simply because of their socio-economic status,” Laguesma said.
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