MANILA, Philippines – Following the cancellation/ postponement of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) board exams on March 2020 and April 2020 due to the threat of COVID-19, examinees are now asking when is the new date(s) of the affected licensure examinations (LET, PLE, MedTech, ECE, ECT, Midwives, REE, RME, Pharmacist).
Update May 8, 2020: PRC released the new schedule for the postponed board exams from March to June 2020.
Those applicants who already have filed their application for examination and issued the Notice of Admission (NOA) will no longer be required to file a new application.
PRC, on Wednesday has announced the cancellation of all licensure exams scheduled on March to April 2020. These include the following, to quote,
Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 922 dated 8 March 2020 declaring a state of public health emergency throughout the country, and the recommendations of the Department of Health (DOH) and Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) to prohibit mass gatherings, and to further ensure the safety of the examinees and employees of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), the conduct of the following licensure examinations/assessments is hereby CANCELLED:
- Qualifying Assessment for Foreign Medical Professionals (March 19, 2020)
- Physician Licensure Examination (March 15-16, 2020)
- Medical Technologists Licensure Examination (March 18-19, 2020)
- Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (March 29, 2020)
- Licensure Examination for Electronic Engineers and Electronic Technicians (April 1-3, 2020)
- Licensure Examination for Midwives (April 5-6, 2020)
- Licensure Examination for Registered Electrical Engineers and Registered Master Electricians (April 14-16, 2020)
- Licensure Examination for Pharmacists (April 26-27, 2020)
- Postponed: PRC Board Exams for May 2020 and June 2020
- Cancelled: PRC Board Exams for March 2020 and April 2020
- Postponed: LET March 2020, When is the new date of exams?
- Postponed: MedTech Board Exam March 2020, When is the New Date of Exam?
NEW DATE(S) OF CANCELLED PRC BOARD EXAMS
Update April 30, 2020: There is a circulating document on the recommendation/proposed rescheduling of cancelled/postponed board exams from March 2020 to June 2020. To date, PRC has no official announcement yet on the new dates. Refer to PRC official website and stand by here for reliable updates.
Update April 13, 2020: PRC, in its latest announcement said that they will be extending the filing of applications for those licensure exams with deadlines from April 15, 2020 to April 30, 2020. To quote,
Due to the extension of Enhanced Community Quarantine until April 30, 2020, all deadlines set from April 15, 2020 to April 30, 2020, for the filing of application for licensure examinations are extended until further notice.
Shown in the table below is the old and new schedule of affected PRC board exams on March and April 2020. This will be updated as soon as PRC issued the official announcement.
|Board Exam/ Assessment||Original Date||New/Re-scheduled Date|
|Qualifying Assessment for Foreign Medical Professionals||March 19, 2020||TBA|
|Physician/ PLE||March 15-16, 2020||TBA|
|MedTech||March 18-19, 2020||TBA|
|Teachers/ LET||March 29, 2020||TBA|
|Electronics Engineering/ ECE||April 1-3, 2020||TBA|
|Electronics Technician/ ECT||April 1-3, 2020||TBA|
|Midwifery||April 5-6, 2020||TBA|
|Registered Electrical Engineer/ REE||April 14-16, 2020||TBA|
|Registered Master Electrician/ RME||April 14-16, 2020||TBA|
|Pharmacist||April 26-27, 2020||TBA|
POSTPONED or CANCELLED?
After the announcement, questions/ speculations arose on how the news was presented. Whether the board exams are cancelled and will be re-scheduled in a later/ longer time? or just delayed/postponed and will be re-scheduled in the succeeding month(s)?
PRC added that they will inform the public on the new schedules. To quote,
Announcement on the new schedules of the affected licensure examinations will be posted on the PRC website and/or PRC social media accounts.
On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has already postponed the conduct of the Civil Service Exam (CSE) scheduled on March 15, 2020 following the proclamation from the President.
PRC PUBLIC ADVISORY
On February 24, 2020, PRC has issued a public advisory on Coronavirus Disease 2019. To quote,
“In support of the Department of Health (DOH) initiative to closely monitor the possible entry and local transmission of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) is currently implementing precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among its personnel and clientele”
“Before the entry to PRC premises, all guests shall be required to fill-out the Client Travel/ Medical History Checklist and body temperature check shall be conducted as a mandatory procedure.”
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