Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) provisionally approved last June 3, 2021 through Resolution No. 119 s. 2021 the Professional Regulation Commission’s (PRC) request to conduct licensure examinations for July to September 2021.
The Resolution signed by the Department of Health (DOH) Secretary and IATF Chairman Francisco T. Duque III and Office of the Cabinet Secretariat Secretary and IATF Co-Chairman Karlo Alexei B. Nograles, indicates that the recommendation of IATF Technical Working Group on the request of PRC is subject to the strict monitoring and observance of minimum public health standards and health and safety protocols of the PRC, and subject to the issuance of the PRC-DOH-Philippine National Police Joint Guidelines, and the community quarantine classification as the IATF may implement on certain provinces, highly urbanized cities, and independent and component cities.
Further, the PRC is requested to submit the list of venues and dates of licensure examinations to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the PNP Joint Task Force COVID Shield for the mobilization of necessary resources to ensure the safe conduct of licensure examinations.
Since the start of 2021, amidst the threat of Covid-19, the PRC has already conducted licensure examinations for medical technologists, sanitary engineers, veterinarians, social workers, geologists, physicians, respiratory therapists, optometrists, pharmacists, radiologic technologists, x-ray technologists, naval architects, and marine engineers, as well as the conduct of qualifying assessment for foreign medical professionals, and the technical evaluation for the upgrading as Professional Electrical Engineers, and with the recent approval of IATF-MEID to PRC’s request, the new batch of Filipino professionals will soon be named.