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    When is possible reschedule of postponed March 2020 LET?

    MANILA, Philippines – Aspiring teachers who were previously scheduled to take the March 2020 Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) will need to wait for at least several months before the resumption of the postponed board exams.
    When is posssible reschedule / new date of postponed March 2020 LET?

    Last March 11, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced the cancellation of all scheduled board exams for March and April 2020, which includes the March 2020 LET, as President Rodrigo Duterte declared state of public health emergency throughout the country due to the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

    READ: PRC cancels March and April 2020 scheduled licensure exams

    While PRC says that "announcement on the new schedules of the affected licensure examinations will be posted on the PRC website and/or PRC social media accounts", hopefuls are asking "when is the possible reschedule /new dates of postponed/cancelled March 2020 LET and other board exams?"

    SEE ALSONew schedule March and April 2020 cancelled PRC board exams

    We are giving emphasis on March 2020 LET on this page as this licensure test draws biggest number of takers among all PRC exams. Meanwhile, the explanation and analysis below are also applicable to other postponed board exams.

    Enhanced community quarantine in Luzon

    Duterte declared enhanced community quarantine in Luzon effective March 17 and will expire on April 12, 2020. The additional restrictions aim to further combat the effect of the continuing and increasing spread of COVID-19.

    Studies suggest that the country is only at the beginning of this battle against the pandemic. Dr. Darwin Bandoy of the College of Veterinary Medicine at UP Los Baños and the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California at Davis predicts that the reported cases will only peak in the last week of June 2020.


    Dr. Bandoy’s findings also coincide with the study abroad, in US and the UK.

    While the country is currently suppressing the spread of COVID-19 in our lockdown efforts, note that a nightmarish explosion of cases could still occur once quarantine is lifted up mid-April 2020, according to Dr. Jomar Rabajante of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and Physics at the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños.

    The government might have to enforce prolonged and more stringent lockdown for the rest of 2020. And going back to the question "When is possible reschedule of cancelled board exams?", the answer could be is in the second half of 2020 (at least) or in 2021.

    When will a coronavirus vaccine be ready?

    The World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday said that first vaccine trial for COVID-19 has started. While they say that this is an incredible achievement, trial has begun just 60 days after the genetic sequence of the virus was shared by China, the sad news is vaccines are still a long way from being available for public use.

    READ: First vaccine trial for COVID-19 has started, WHO says

    WHO said that it could take up to 18 months with the needed safety approvals. "There’s only one thing more dangerous than a bad virus and that’s a bad vaccine,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s emergencies program said.

    With these information, the vaccines could be available in the last quarter of 2021.

    Latest situation report by WHO said that number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 300,000 globally with over 14,000 deaths. As of 4PM on March 23, 2020, the Philippines has a total of 462 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of this number, 18 have already recovered but 33 have died.

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    The Summit Express will update this page for the development of our fight against COVID-19 and the dates of the resumption of cancelled PRC board exams. Stay tuned and Like Us on Facebook for real-time updates.

    — The Summit Express

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