MANILA, Philippines – Following the remarks of Secretary Bello regarding the recommendation to abolish licensure exams, PRC Chairman Teofilo S. Pilando said that they are studying the possibility, however, board exams are required by law.
In a public briefing at Laging Handa dated July 16, 2021, he said,
“Well po, ‘yan po ay pinag aaralan din namin, pero ‘yung mga examinations kasi po ay mandated by the law, in fact hindi lang sa batas ng PRC but sa lahat ng mga regulated professions and there are now 46 regulated professions.”
“What we defer to the policy-makers, kung ano sa tingin nila ang magandang patutunguhan po sa mga propesyon ng mga professionals.”
“Basically, ang arguments for conducting examinations ay para mayroong national qualification system of producing professionals. Dahil nga po hindi pare-pareho ang pinangagalingan ng mga professionals natin at ang nag te-train sa kanila ay hindi rin pare pareho.”
Priority Board Exams
PRC Chairman also added that they are prioritizing the examinations for health and allied professions this year.
“Karamihan ng mga examinations na ang focus namin will be those related to health and allied professions. For instance, nursing, just 2 weeks ago, kinonduct namin yung examinations ng nursing. Although marami sila, maraming examinees dito pero dahil nga kailangan natin ng mga nurse, we have to find a way to hold this examination.”
Chairman Pilando said that 32 examinations which were cancelled in first and second half of 2021 were moved to the third and fourth quarter of 2021. While other board examinations were moved to 2022.
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