Realizing the mandate to conduct credible and reliable licensure examinations, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), amidst the pandemic, undertaken a total of sixty-one (61) licensure examinations for the year 2021.
It must be noted however, that due to government-imposed restrictions, including extended community quarantine declarations to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, several licensure examinations were postponed.
The PRC, with its desire to help the country augment the shortage of health care professionals attending to Covid-19 cases and ultimately meet the demand for a steady supply of professionals, submitted its proposal to Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to resume the conduct of various licensure examinations. This action led to the issuance of IATF-MEID Resolution No. 95 (s.2021), approving the said proposal.
As the IATF-MEID in the first quarter of 2021 approved the conduct of licensure examinations, the PRC continued to dialogue with the Task-Force and proved its capacity and readiness to conduct examinations while observing the strict health protocols as approved by the Department of Health. Thus, from January to December of 2021, the PRC gathered a total of one hundred forty-three thousand six hundred eighty (143, 680) examinees that resulted into a total of sixty-nine thousand three hundred twelve (69,312) passers and still counting while awaiting release of results of those that require Part II examination such as Practical Phase of Optometrists Licensure Examination and Revalida of Real Estate Consultants Licensure Examination.
The initial total of sixty-nine thousand three hundred twelve (69,312) new professionals out of the sixty-one (61) licensure examinations conducted include the seventy-nine (79) passers of the December 2021 Computer-Based Licensure Examination (CBLE) for Geologists.
Indeed, the successful conduct of various licensure examinations amidst the threat of Covid-19 in the year 2021, including the first CBLE, is the statement of PRC’s faithful adherence to its mandate.
For the year 2022, despite the continuing threat of COVID-19, PRC is set to administer a total of ninety (90) licensure examinations https://www.prc.gov.ph/2022-schedule-examination, both in CBLE and pen-and-paper test.