House okays bill regulating the practice of geology on 2nd reading

February 5, 2012 11:41 am 

MANILA, Feb. 4 – The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure regulating the practice of geology to update and upgrade the profession as well as redefine and expand the scope of its practice.

Reps. Victor Yu (1st District, Zamboanga del Sur) and Mariano Piamonte Jr. (Party-list, A Teacher), principal authors of House Bill No. 5640, said the measure aims to hasten the training and development of competent, virtuous, productive and multi-skilled geologists.

One of the key provisions of the measure is to create a Professional Regulatory Board of Geology (PRBG) that shall supervise and regulate the practice of geology profession in the country.

Yu said enactment into law of HB 5640 will update and upgrade the geology profession as well as redefine and expand the scope of practice of the profession and to harmonize the law with mining and metallurgical laws.

The bill also aims to institute provisions which are consistent with the provisions of Republic Act No. 8981 or the PRC Modernization Act of 2000 and to recognize that the practice of geology may also be considered as government service.

Piamonte, on the other hand, said with the creation of the PRBG, it will empower the accredited professional organization and its role in the regulation of its professionals.

The bill also provides that applicants will be required to pass the examinations to be able to register and practice geology profession.

It will also open the opportunity of employment in government service and teaching of geology subjects in the practice of the profession as well as supervision of construction works requiring knowledge in geology.

Without the permit or license issued by the PRBG, one cannot practice geology. Violators, upon conviction, will be meted a fine of not less than P10,000 but not more than P1 million pesos or imprisonment of not less than one month but not more than five years at the discretion of the court.

The bill also specified that the faculty currently teaching major geology subjects in universities, colleges, institutes, or schools shall not be allowed to continue teaching after five years from the approval of the Act unless they are or they have become registered geologists with valid certificates of registration and valid professional identification cards. (PNA)

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