PRC Serves The People Of Palayan City, Nueva Ecija And Nearby Provinces

“If the people cannot go to the mountains, then the mountains will come to the people.”

This, in essence, was the main idea of Palayan City Mayor Adrianne Mae J. Cuevas when the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs at the Palayan City Business Hub (OSSCO-PCBH) in Nueva Ecija was conceptualized during dinner with her husband Bong and Alloy-MTD head honcho Engr. Isaac David.

Today, a few years after that auspicious dinner, and a few months after OSSCO-PCBH’s opening, residents of Nueva Ecija and other neighboring provinces need not take the long and arduous journey to gnarly Metro Manila to renew their Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) license or file their application for the Board Exam.

The PRC has finally come to them.

Aside from renewal of the PRC ID and the filing of applications for the Board Exams, the OSSCO-PCBH may also authenticate PRC ID cards as well as authenticate PRC Board Certificates released by the Manila and Baguio PRC branches.

A few months ago, fake news circulated online announcing the abolition of the rule on the Continuing Professional Development (CPD). In order to disprove the rumor, the false information was immediately refuted by the PRC which declared that the CPD is still effective and the proposed law to abolish it authored by Senator Ralph Recto under Senate Bill 2073 was still being deliberated and therefore the certificates of credit units are still required before the PRC ID card can be released to the PRC license holder.

“This is to clarify that the above mentioned is a newly filed pending Senate Bill and still has to pass through the required deliberation, including the counterpart measure in the House of Representatives before it could amend an existing law,” the PRC said in an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Under Republic Act 10912 or the law on CPD, in order to promote and upgrade the practice of professions in the country, the state is mandated to institute measures that will continuously improve the competence of professionals in accordance with the international standards of practice to ensure their contribution in uplifting the general welfare, economic growth and development of the nation.

In order to achieve this mandate, the CPD was then made as a mandatory requirement in the renewal of the professional identification cards of all registered and licensed professionals under the PRC.

Under the law creating  the Professional Regulation Commission, this shall be the instrument of the Filipino people in securing for the nation, a reliable, trustworthy and progressive system of determining the competence of professionals by credible and valid licensure examinations and standards of professional practice that are globally recognized.

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In fulfillment of its legal mandate, the PRC performs two important functions, which are: 1) to conduct and administer licensure examinations to aspiring professionals; and 2) to regulate and supervise the practice of the professions exercised in partnership with the forty-three (43) Professional Regulatory Boards (PRBs) in the fields of health, business, education, social sciences, engineering and technology. The PRBs govern their respective professions’ practice and ethical standards and accredit the professional organization representing the professionals.

The PRC serves more than 4.3 million professionals from 43 various regulated professions and the hundreds of thousands of aspiring professionals who take the licensure examinations every year. Thus, PRC stakeholders include the professionals, would-be professionals, accredited professional organizations, foreign professionals seeking temporary permit to practice their professions in the country, schools and academe, and other government agencies.

The Professional Regulation Commission at the One-Stop Service Center for OFWs-Palayan City Business Hub (OSSCO-PCBH) is open every Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except holidays.

For PRC ID card renewal, you may visit PRC website.

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