IATF OKs PRC board exams in May, June 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the request of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to conduct board exams in May and June 2021.

IATF OKs PRC board exams in May, June 2021

"Inaprubahan din po ng IATF ang request ng Professional Regulation Commission na magsagawa ng licensure examinations for professionals sa Mayo at Hunyo ngayong taon habang istriktong ipinatutupad ang health protocols ng Department of Health," Palace spokesperson Harry Roque said.

Roque added that exam takers from areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) are discouraged to take the PCR test in areas under modified GCQ.

Despite the approval from the IATF, PRC already announced the postponement of several board exams in May and June due to prevailing health risks and continued restrictions brought by the extended community quarantines including the surge of new COVID variant cases.

Among the rescheduled exams to a later date were: Civil Engineer (CE), Dentist (Written and Practical Phase), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Dental Hygienist (Written and Practical Phase) and Interior Designer.

READ: LIST: 2021 postponed PRC board exams, new schedule

Remaining licensure exams scheduled in May include Chemical Engineers (ChemEng) and nurses (NLE).

In June, active board exams are the following: real estate appraisers, physical and occupational therapist (PT-OT), naval architect and marine engineers, metallurgical engineers, criminologist (CLE) and architect.

READ: PRC releases 2021 board exam schedule

Most of the PRC board exams last year were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with the mandate of the government to prohibit mass gatherings that may spread coronavirus infections.

In October, PRC said they are preparing for technology-based examination or online/computerized board exams.

“We might be able to start with the smaller boards, which will be more manageable,” PRC Chairman Teofilo Pilando Jr. said during the Senate hearing.

— The Summit Express


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