PRC bares 2020 board exam plans amid COVID-19 pandemic

    MANILA, Philippines – The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) bared its plans and recommendations for the conduct of September 2020 board exams and remaining tests this year.

    PRC bares 2020 board exam plans amid COVID-19 pandemic

    During the virtual hearing on Tuesday, July 14, Iligan City Rep. Frederick Siao asked Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Chairman Teofilo Pilando Jr. to discuss concerns and challenges being faced by the agency in the administration of licensure exams amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Chairman of various PRC Boards also attended the virtual meeting to get their consensus: medicine, criminology, electrical engineering, accountancy, customs, guidance counselor, librarian, professional teacher, dentistry, medical technology, psychology and nursing.

    "The status of examinations for 2020, those that have been postponed were exams for March to August," Chairman Pilando said.

    Pilando cited there are nine examinations set for September 2020 and emphasized the following issues:
    • availability of the examination venues
    • exam personnel
    • ever changing dynamic changes in the situation as defined by IATF

    Among the board exams set for September 2020 are the following: Forester, Registered Electrical Engineer (REE), Registered Master Electrician (RME), Librarian, Real Estate Appraiser, Qualifying Assessment for Foreign Medical Professionals, Physician, Respiratory Therapist, Professional Teachers (LET) and Agricultural & Biosystems Engineer.

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    “The Commission and the Boards made some recommendations, one of which would be prioritization of the small scale examinations for the remaining part of the year, meaning those that would involve 1,000 more or less examinees,” Pilando said.

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    PRC and the Boards are also looking for computer-based board exams.

    "Unfortunately, that is not yet available for this year," he clarified.

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    The report also mentioned the issue of “under-boards” — meaning those who are not able to take exams because of the cancellations of the exams, according to Pilando.

    “Various Professional Regulatory Boards have identified the talents and skills of these under-boards can be utilized while they are devising ways on how they can be credited for the work they are doing as under boards,” he said.

    Aside from the small scale exams, the committee agreed to focus on health-related board exams such as the physician, Qualifying Assessment for Foreign Medical Professionals, medical technologist (medtech), respiratory therapist, nurses and midwives, among others as needed in the continuing battle against COVID-19.

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    "We will focus now on medical examination and other health-related licensure examinations," Rep. Siao said in response to logistical issues raised by Northern Samar Rep. Paul Daza.

    DoH Assistant Secretary Kenneth Ronquillo, head of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Secretariat, said they projected that they will need 13,949 doctors and nurses “to meet our requirements for our COVID response.”

    In the same hearing, Daza assured PRC that he will assist in the budget requirement for 2021.

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    The PRC report will be tackled this week in the meeting with the IATF to decide whether to proceed or not on the scheduled board exams and to discuss further the health measures on board exams.

    “I move that we request the IATF to include immediately in their agenda the PRC report on their plans on their various licensure board exams especially in light of the pandemic,” Daza said.

    Ronquillo reiterates minimum health standards to proceed the examinations: adjusting the capacity of the venue, availability of handwashing section, physical distancing, regulation of flow for entrance and exit, regulation on exam break, cough etiquette, signages, visual reminders of wearing face mask and well-ventilated venue.

    The Summit Express will update this site for the decision of the IATF and the development on the conduct of various licensure exam this year.

    NOTE: Embedded polls/surveys in this page are courtesy of PRC Board News (PBN), our partner PRC exam results portal. PBN is not connected to PRC, which regulates professionals in the country.

    — The Summit Express
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