ARCPP (both Officers and Members) believes that through professionalization or licensure examinations for the practitioners of the profession is one way of increasing the competencies among its practitioners having meritocracy as basis of their work practice and ethics. The organization and looking back from its roots, has been pursuing the accreditation of the practitioners through licensure examinations due to the following reasons:
1 To promote patient safety through competent Respiratory Therapists who handles life saving devices and doing non-invasive procedures thus putting patients lives to our hands.
2 With the application of Hospitals in the country to accreditation bodies such as the Philippine Health Insurance corporation (PHILHEALTH) locally and that of the ISO (International Standard Organization) and JCIA (Joint Commission for International Accreditation) internationally of Medical / Healthcare Facilities and Institutions in the country, Medical Personnel who performs invasive procedures to have competency requirement such as a license. The bench book guidelines provided by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIL HEALTH) defines a health care practitioner as "any doctor of medicine, nurse, midwife, dentist or other health care professional or practitioner duly licensed to practice in the Philippines and accredited by PHIL HEALTH." this definition has put to question the practice of respiratory therapist in the other health care institutions in the country seeking accreditation from PHIL HEALTH.
3 Being the first country in Asia to have a curriculum in Respiratory Therapy (B.S Respiratory Therapy - a 4 year course) it is but right for the Government to provide us accreditation program through licensure examination, making us better professionals, caring for the health care needs of the Filipino People. The United States (who is the origin of the profession) and Canada who has a similar curriculum does have a licensure for their graduates of Respiratory Therapists. Taiwan who just had their first graduates in 1996 got the approval of their Congress for their Licensure examination in 2001.
4 License from Country of Origin is required for Filipino Practitioners to become at par with other Foreign Respiratory Therapist especially in the Middle East Countries, however with the unavailability of licensure examination, The graduates of the profession are given the items as a Respiratory Therapy Technician placing us in a lower salary grade and putting our morale as an individual and as a professional in a disadvantaged pedestal. Directly or indirectly our Families who depend on our work are also affected and the Philippine Economy as well who has Overseas Filipino Workers as one of the primary "Economic Boosters' may be greatly affected with the outright and closing displacement of the professionals working abroad, loosing their jobs because of their unavailability of licenses.
5 Being the first country in Asia to have a curriculum in Respiratory Therapy (Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy - 4 year course) had the first graduates in 1987. United States and Canada who has a similar curriculum does have a licensure for Respiratory Therapists who is our role model of our Respiratory Care Practice. Taiwan who just had their first graduates in 1996 got the approval of their Congress for their Licensure examination in 2001.
6 The Academicians of our Profession especially true with our colleagues in Zamboanga were not able to get their compensation raise because of the unavailability or the lack of licensure examinations for Respiratory Therapist both for the Clinical Practitioners and the Academicians or Teachers of the Profession.
7 Our Colleagues from East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC), Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Hospital or V. Luna Hospital were given items of a nursing aide despite their education, skills and work practice as Respiratory Therapist.
8 The Association believes that Licensure Examinations is one of the most effective methods of giving High Quality Health Care and ensuring Patient Safety with competent
and skilled Respiratory Therapist. Through which we can avoid mediocre health care service providers and possible proliferation of medical malpractices in our field.
9 Problems encountered in the rationalization plan of government institutions with Respiratory Therapist - RT's cannot be placed at par with other allied health practitioners because of their lack of license.
10 The reinvasion of other allied Heath Care Professionals such as Nurses, Physical Therapist in the practice of the profession.
The Organization has continuously sought for possible ways to advance the practice, to improve better as professionals, to prepare and test the qualifications of our Respiratory Care Practitioners and to address the issues involving the practice of Respiratory
Therapist. The Organization has come up with a temporary measure' until such time a formal law is passed in the Halls of Congress, one such measure is the Proficiency Examination conducted by the Organization, which was first given on September of 2005 at San J -ran De Dios Hospital. The voluntary examination was attended by more than 500 examinees. The successful examinees were given a Certification and Proficiency cards from the organization, from then on this was used on application requirements for local and international health care accreditation bodies and in was recognized in return by the accreditation bodies such the PHILHEALTH (Local) and the International Organization for Standardization - ISO (International). Such examples are in the case of Cardinal Santos Medical Center and the San Juan de Dios Hospital. The 2d Proficiency exams were given on November 2006 with more than 200 examinees who took the exams. The 3d proficiency examination in September of 2007 was attended by '100 examinees and the 4s in September of 2008 with 100 examinees. However, with the proposal of the CHED Technical Committee on Respiratory Therapy Education to the Health and Human Resource Development Bureau (HHRDB) under the Department of Health (DOH), We agreed among the Officers of the Organization lo temporarily stop our Proficiency Examinations as we coordinate and involve ourselves to this proposal, The first meeting with the DOH-HHRDB was held at the DOH Central Office in March of 2009 and in August this year. The DOH-HHRDB, Headed by Dr. Kenneth Ronquillo will be asking requesting the Office of the President if they could issue a mandate for the Department of Health - HHRDB to offer such Certifying Exam for the practitioners of the profession. The Organization is in full support of this Certifying Exam and views this as another temporary measure' to protect and uphold the profession we hold dear, until such time the Respiratory' Therapy Bill is enacted into Law.