PRC marks 45th year with new achieve­ments

The Philippine Star - - STARWEEK -

The Pro­fes­sional Reg­u­la­tion Com­mis­sion (PRC), un­der the stew­ard­ship of Chair­man Teofilo Pilando Jr. and Com­mis­sion­ers Yolanda Reyes and Jose Cueto Jr., cel­e­brates its 45th year with the theme “PRC @ 45: Stand­ing Stronger, Reach­ing Wider, and Serv­ing Bet­ter.”

Through the years, the PRC has un­der­gone ma­jor im­prove­ments in its sys­tems and key direc­tions. These ini­tia­tives were put in place to sup­port the 10-Point Agenda of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte. These ac­com­plish­ments are as fol­lows:

1. Front­line Ser­vice Cen­ters

The Com­mis­sion en­tered into a Me­moran­dum of Agree­ment (MoA) with Robin­sons Land Cor­po­ra­tion to bring PRC front­line ser­vices avail­able, closer and more ac­ces­si­ble to the pro­fes­sion­als.

This ini­tia­tive made pos­si­ble the set­ting-up of PRC Ser­vice Cen­ters in se­lected Robin­sons Malls in Manila, Bu­tuan, Du­maguete, Iloilo, Gen­eral San­tos, Cebu, Ba­colod, Gal­le­ria, San­ti­ago, Sta. Rosa, Das­mar­iñas, Ilo­cos, Palawan, No­valiches, Pan­gasi­nan, Or­moc, Naga, Ili­gan, Tagum, Pampanga and Ta­cloban.

2. One-Stop Ser­vice Cen­ters for OFWs (OSSCO)

In re­sponse to the Pres­i­dent direc­tive to make it eas­ier for our Over­seas Filipino Work­ers (OFWs) to avail the ser­vices of the govern­ment, PRC main­tains its OSSCO at POEA in Man­daluy­ong, Clark, Pampanga, and in the Cities of Zamboanga, Koron­adal, Legazpi, Calamba, Cebu, Ta­cloban, Ca­gayan de Oro and Palayan (Nueva Ecija).

3. En­hanced Li­cen­sure Ex­am­i­na­tion Regis­tra­tion In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (LERIS)

The PRC de­vel­oped the LERIS, a fully com­put­er­ized sys­tem, which is now be­ing uti­lized and fully im­ple­mented in the PRC Cen­tral and re­gional of­fices, au­to­mates the ex­am­i­na­tion ap­pli­ca­tion, ini­tial regis­tra­tion, re­newal of PRC ID, pay­ment, among oth­ers. No­tably, it has sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced the pro­cess­ing time and pro­ce­dural steps of PRC’s key front­line trans­ac­tions.

The on­line ser­vices are avail­able any­time, any­where in the world, 24/7, and can be ac­cessed through the PRC web­site at http://www.prc. gov.ph.

4. E-Pay­ment Sys­tem

The PRC, to­gether with the Land Bank of the Philip­pines (LBP) signed a MoA re­gard­ing the Link.Biz Por­tal last May 17, 2018.

LANDBANK Link.BizPor­tal is an e-pay­ment fa­cil­ity that al­lows clients to pay for prod­ucts and ser­vices via the In­ter­net from both the govern­ment and pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions and sec­tors.

5. Spe­cial Pro­fes­sional Li­cen­sure Ex­am­i­na­tions (SPLE)

PRC con­ducts an­nual SPLE for Over­seas Filipino Work­ers (OFWs) as­pir­ing to be­come pro­fes­sion­als in se­lected Mid­dle East coun­tries and in some Asian coun­tries, among oth­ers.

The Com­mis­sion has adopted new rules to im­ple­ment the re­quest for, ap­proval and con­duct of SPLE.

6. New Or­ga­ni­za­tional Struc­ture

The Com­mis­sion’s new or­ga­ni­za­tional struc­ture and staffing pat­tern pur­suant to Repub­lic Act no. 8981 was ap­proved by the Depart­ment of Bud­get and Man­age­ment (DBM) in 2016. New PRC of­fices such as NCR, Re­gions I, III, IV-B, XII, XIII, among oth­ers were cre­ated and will be op­er­a­tional­ized to reach wider and for bet­ter pub­lic ser­vice.

The re­or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Com­mis­sion pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties to its job orders to gain per­ma­nent po­si­tions in the Com­mis­sion thereby sup­port­ing the Pres­i­dent’s pol­icy to end con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion, and, for the reg­u­lar em­ploy­ees to up­grade their level.

7. Con­tin­u­ing Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment (CPD) Law

Repub­lic Act No. 10192 or An Act Man­dat­ing and Strength­en­ing the Con­tin­u­ing Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram for All Reg­u­lated Pro­fes­sions, oth­er­wise known as the CPD Act of 2016 took ef­fect on Aug. 16, 2016, mak­ing it a manda­tory re­quire­ment in the re­newal of the Pro­fes­sional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Cards (PICs) of all regis­tered and li­censed pro­fes­sion­als un­der the reg­u­la­tion of the PRC.

CPD aims to pro­mote, up­grade, and con­tin­u­ously im­prove the com­pe­tence of the Filipino pro­fes­sion­als in ac­cor­dance with the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards of prac­tice.

Pro­fes­sion­als may ac­quire and earn credit units or points through for­mal learn­ing, non-for­mal learn­ing, in­for­mal learn­ing, self­di­rected learn­ing, on­line learn­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, and pro­fes­sional work ex­pe­ri­ence and through Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR) prac­tice and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Part of the eGover­nance ini­tia­tives and stream­lin­ing ef­forts of the Com­mis­sion, a CPD Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Sys­tem (CPDAS), which is an on­line sys­tem, was de­vel­oped. This sys­tem will en­able on­line ap­pli­ca­tion of CPD provider/pro­gram and has­ten the ap­proval of the same. It will pro­vide a fa­cil­ity that will al­low the CPD providers to up­load the at­ten­dance of pro­fes­sion­als, and will en­able the pro­fes­sion­als to view their CPD units earned.

PRC ex­er­cises max­i­mum flex­i­bil­ity, ac­ces­si­bil­ity and af­ford­abil­ity in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of CPD.

8. ISO Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion

The PRC Cen­tral Of­fice and four of its Re­gional Of­fices, par­tic­u­larly Ta­cloban, Ca­gayan De Oro, Lu­cena, and Tugue­garao, were awarded Cer­tifi­cate of Regis­tra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Stan­dard­iza­tion (ISO) 9001:2008 and 9001:2015, re­spec­tively, by the ISO cer­ti­fy­ing body the Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion In­ter­na­tional Philip­pines, Inc. (CIP) for its three ma­jor front-line ser­vices on Ap­pli­ca­tion for Ex­am­i­na­tion, Regis­tra­tion of new pro­fes­sion­als and Re­newal of Pro­fes­sional Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Cards.

9. Com­mis­sion So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR)

The CSR was cre­ated to pro­vide as­sis­tance to vic­tims of nat­u­ral and/or man-made dis­as­ters and calami­ties and to rouse the so­cial con­scious­ness of the pro­fes­sion­als in help­ing the less for­tu­nate ci­ti­zens liv­ing in de­pressed ar­eas in the coun­try.

One of the re­lief ef­forts ini­ti­ated by the CSR was by tap­ping the 43 Pro­fes­sional Reg­u­la­tory Boards (PRBs) and their re­spec­tive pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tions to reach out to our fel­low­men af­fected by the re­cent cri­sis in Marawi City

The Com­mis­sion through the CSR adapted the fol­low­ing pro­grams: Nat­u­ral/Man-Made dis­as­ters/ calami­ties, Adopt-A-Com­mu­nity, Med­i­cal Mis­sions, and Spe­cific Mis­sions for Liveli­hood pro­grams among oth­ers.

10. Ed­u­ca­tional Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram

The PRC Ed­u­ca­tional Schol­ar­ship As­sis­tance Pro­gram in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Philip­pine As­so­ci­a­tion of the Pro­fes­sional Reg­u­la­tory Boards Mem­bers, Inc. (PAPRB) was ini­ti­ated last Novem­ber 2016. A to­tal of 20 em­ploy­ees sig­ni­fied to ob­tain the de­gree in Master of Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MPA) while four em­ploy­ees for the Ex­panded Ter­tiary Ed­u­ca­tion Equiv­a­lency and Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Pro­gram (ETEEAP) fa­cil­i­tated by the Poly­tech­nic Univer­sity of the Philip­pines - Manila.

The pro­gram is open to per­ma­nent em­ploy­ees and job or­der work­ers which aims to up­grade their cre­den­tials and their ca­reer ad­vance­ment. Cur­rently, the schol­ars are in the last phase of their study and ex­pected to grad­u­ate in due time.

11. Pro­fes­sional Brand­ing of Filipino Pro­fes­sion­als

With the full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ASEAN In­te­gra­tion on the cross bor­der prac­tice of pro­fes­sion­als, the Com­mis­sion en­vi­sions pro­mot­ing, en­hanc­ing, and up­lift­ing the im­age of Filipino pro­fes­sion­als in the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional set­ting, thus, the Pro­mo­tion and Brand­ing of Filipino Pro­fes­sion­als pro­gram was cre­ated.

For smooth ex­e­cu­tion, the pro­gram was di­vided into three parts: Print and In­ter­net Me­dia; Tele­vi­sion and Vis­ual Me­dia; and Ra­dio and Broad­cast Me­dia. Sev­eral ap­pear­ances on TV and ra­dio in­ter­views were also at­tended to by the Board and the Com­mis­sion to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing PRC and the reg­u­lated pro­fes­sions.

12. Ren­o­va­tion of PRC Build­ing in Manila

With the in­creas­ing num­ber of pro­fes­sion­als and the cre­ation of new of­fices un­der the re­or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Com­mis­sion, the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the old PRC build­ing is para­mount to its op­er­a­tion as it will pro­vide com­fort­able and con­ducive work­ing area and en­vi­ron­ment for its em­ploy­ees and the trans­act­ing pub­lic. The Com­mis­sion has re­cently started the ren­o­va­tion of the Cen­tral Of­fice build­ing in P. Pare­des, Manila.

13. Con­struc­tion of PRC Build­ing in Pasay City

The con­struc­tion of PRC CPD and Ex­am­i­na­tion Cen­ter in Pasay City is now in the works in co­or­di­na­tion with the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways.

As PRC ob­serves its 45th found­ing an­niver­sary, the week-long cel­e­bra­tion will be filled with fes­tiv­i­ties for the PRC em­ploy­ees, the Pro­fes­sional Reg­u­la­tory Boards, and the Ac­cred­ited Pro­fes­sional Or­ga­ni­za­tions, such as liveli­hood train­ings, med­i­cal and den­tal ser­vices, beauty and well­ness ser­vices, fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy sem­i­nars, bazaar, and fam­ily day, among oth­ers.

The high­light of this cel­e­bra­tion is the PRC Awards Night where the PRC will con­fer the Out­stand­ing Pro­fes­sion­als of the Year, Out­stand­ing Pro­fes­sional Reg­u­la­tory Board, Out­stand­ing Ac­cred­ited Pro­fes­sional Or­ga­ni­za­tion, and the Eric C. Nubla Ex­cel­lence Awards. This is to honor and give recog­ni­tion to the Filipino pro­fes­sion­als, pro­fes­sional reg­u­la­tory boards and pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tions for their ex­em­plary achieve­ments and con­tri­bu­tions to­ward the ad­vance­ment of the prac­tice of the var­i­ous reg­u­lated pro­fes­sions in the coun­try. The af­fair will be held on the evening June 21, 2018 at the Manila Ho­tel.

PRC ac­knowl­edges the un­wa­ver­ing sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion of the Philip­pine As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Reg­u­la­tory Board, Inc. (PAPRB), Philip­pine Fed­er­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tions (PFPA) and Foun­da­tion for Out­stand­ing Pro­fes­sion­als (FOP) un­der the lead­er­ship of their re­spec­tive pres­i­dents Ar. Robert S. Sac, Engr. Ran­ulfo Feli­ciano and Engr. Rodolfo Peñalosa.

With all these ac­com­plish­ments, PRC rec­og­nizes its past Chair­per­sons and Com­mis­sion­ers who paced the direc­tion and helped mold the Com­mis­sion into what it is to­day. Truly, they are the van­guards of our mis­sion and vi­sion that led us to stand stronger, to reach wider, and to serve bet­ter.

Mabuhay ang PRC @ 45!

Per­spec­tive. PRC CPD and Ex­am­i­na­tion Cen­ter – Pasay City

Per­spec­tive. PRC Cen­tral Of­fice – P. Pare­des, Manila

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