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Revised Rules on the Accreditation of Professional Organizations and Integrated Professional Organizations





Revised Rules on the Accreditation of Professional Organizations and Integrated Professional Organizations

Online Services will accept payments via Over-the-counter at any UCPB branch.

ANNOUNCEMENT
Starting on 27 December 2018, the Professional Regulation Commission announces that its Online Services will accept payments via Over-the-counter at any UCPB branch.



PRC reviewing CPD Law rules to ease burden on professionals

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THE Professional Regulation Comission (PRC) plans to reduce the requirements on licensed professionals in order to ease the burden of complying with the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Law.

In an interview with BusinessWorld on Wednesday, PRC Commissioner Teofilo S. Pilando Jr. said: “Right now we’ll be reviewing to see where we can reduce the burden on the professional.”

Republic Act No. 10912 or the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016 was enacted in 2016 and took effect in 2017, after the PRC released Resolution No. 1032, which are the law’s implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

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The PRC was called on by senators on Wednesday to amend the IRR to ease the burden on professionals required to complete a CPD course load.

In a hearing conducted by Senators Antonio F. Trillanes IV, Ralph G. Recto, Juan Miguel F. Zubiri, and Aquilino L. Pimentel III, the lawmakers agreed that the mandatory nature of CPD programs should be less onerous.

Mr. Pilando added “We had such high expectations at that time the law was passed but now maybe we’re realizing that things have to be resolved.”

The PRC also said that implementing the CPD Law has been hobbled by a lack of funding.

“We are limited in resources. Many know that we don’t have the budget to implement CPD. We’re limited in monitoring,” he said, adding that the PRC apologizes for the complaints of professionals regarding the law’s implementation.

On the mandatory nature of CPD course work, Mr. Pilando said that some fields really require CPD units. He also pointed out that the commission issued Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 07, Series of 2017 which allows professionals to sign undertakings to complete the required course work at some point in the future.

“We came up with the concept of the ‘undertaking’ so no one is being denied of the renewal because we believe the professionals are honorable persons. Why would you deny him the renewal of his (professional) ID?” he added. — Gillian M. Cortez
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Rescheduling of the 2 December 2018 (Written) and 8-11 January 2019 (Revalida) Real Estate Consultant Licensure Examination

The Professional Regulation Commission announces the re-scheduling of the 2 December 2018 (Written) and 8-11 January, 2019 (Revalida) Real Estate Consultants Licensure Examination due to voluntary inhibition of Hon. Pilar M. Torres-Banaag, Board of Real Estate Service Member, from participating in the conduct of the said examination, being a former reviewer of the IPREE examinees prior to her appointment to the Board. By reason of such inhibition, the two (2) remaining members of the Board, Hon. Ofelia C. Binag and Hon. Rafael M. Fajardo, cannot administer the examination for lack of required quorum in the Board.

The said examination will be re-scheduled on 31 March 2019 (Written) and 23-26 April 2019 (Revalida).

Please be guided accordingly.


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CLARIFICATION ON SENATE BILL NO. 2073


News is circulating around that Senate Bill No. 2073, purportedly an act to abolish the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Act of 2016 or R.A No. 10912 is being pushed in the Senate.

This is to clarify that the abovementioned 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.

CPD is essential for any professional to deliver services that comply with the latest standards of quality, efficiency, safety, among others.  It also ensures compliance with regulatory laws, and international commitments by professionals.

PRC and the Professional Regulatory Boards have put in place initiatives to address issues of affordability and accessibility.  Guidelines are being prepared to standardize seminar fees, crediting of professional activities and online courses.

From the enactment of RA 10912, employers and government agencies are encouraged to be CPD providers so that existing capacity building activities could be part of CPD compliance by the personnel/employee.  By September 2018, there are 1,617 CPD Providers and 34,156 CPD Programs accredited. Moreover, informal learning and professional work experience will now be considered as additional sources of credit units subject to the submission of a proof of participation and a narrative of learning outcomes.  Applications for Renewal of Professional Identification Cards (PICs) until the end of 2019 are accepted even without full CPD compliance, provided the applicant undertakes to complete his/her compliance. 

The foregoing initiatives and accomplishment have been undertaken despite the fact that CPD has been unfunded since the implementation of the said law.

Please refer to our website for further updates on the implementation of CPD.
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Senate passes bill creating Department of Human Settlements



MANILA – The Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading a proposed measure that would create the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.

Senate Bill No. 1578, or the Human Settlements and Urban Development Act of 2017, was approved with a vote of 20-0, with no abstention.

Under the measure, the Department of the Human Settlements and Urban Development shall be created through the consolidation of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB).
The Department shall act as the primary national government entity responsible for the management of housing, human settlements and urban development.

It shall be the sole planning and policy-making, regulatory, program coordination, and performance monitoring, adjudicating entity for all housing, human settlement and urban development concerns, primary focusing on the access to and affordability of the basic human needs.

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito hailed the passage of SB 1578, saying the creation of a department for human settlements would be an integral part of the government's machinery for transformation to a better Philippines.

In his manifestation speech, Ejercito noted that the proposed measure has been pending in Congress for more than two decades.

“The Filipino people have been waiting for this bill as early as the 8th Congress under Senate President Jovito Salonga and House Speaker Ramon Mitra, Jr. I am happy that it is in this Congress, through the leadership of Senate President Sotto, that the full fledge department for the housing sector will soon be put in place,” he said.

The chair of the Senate Committee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement said the bill’s approval showed that lawmakers have taken seriously the challenges in the housing sector.

“With the department, we will now have a more efficient and systematic way of addressing the massive issues affecting the housing and urban development sector. We will now have a central body in charge of the sector that will focus on access to and affordability of shelter,” Ejercito said.

"I am in faith that the measure will be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in no time," he added.

Under the bill, the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development would be composed of the Office of the Secretary, and the Bureaus of Policy Development, Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation; Environmental, Land Use, and Urban Planning and Development; Housing and Real Estate Development Regulation; and the Homeowners Association and Community Development.

Among the functions of the bureau for Policy Development, Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation are: to formulate a national housing and urban development policies and strategies that are consistent with the Philippine Development Plan to promote social and economic welfare; formulate housing finance policies; formulate and implement housing policies and programs, in coordination with the key 22 shelter agencies for urban poor communities and informal settler families; and hold continuing and comprehensive studies and research necessary for housing and urban development, among others.

Meanwhile, the Bureau for Environmental, Land Use and Urban Planning and Development is tasked to develop and maintain a shelter and urban development management, standards and monitoring information system; provide technical assistance to LGUs in strengthening its role and building the capability of provinces, cities and municipalities as the primary entities for housing and urban development and management; and assist the LGUs in the establishment of a Special Housing Fund which shall be exclusively used for the new settlement projects with housing and urban development new settlement projects and renewal projects of the LGUs.

The Bureau for Housing and Real Estate Development Regulation shall develop mechanisms and implement programs that will initiate and promote the establishment of new settlements, urban renewal programs, and prototypes of housing and urban development interventions; manage and oversee the development of proclaimed housing sites; implement a single regulatory system that shall govern all activities relative to the planning, production, marketing, and management of housing and urban development projects; and take over unfinished, incomplete or abandoned licensed real estate development projects under Presidential Decree No. 957, among others.

On the other hand, the Homeowners Association and Community Development shall register, regulate and supervise the Homeowners Associations and Condominium Units Owners Associations/Corporations and other housing development associations; provide technical assistance to encourage housing cooperatives and civil society organizations to serve as the implementing agencies of their housing and urban development programs; and promote integrated approaches that provide decent housing, suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons, among others.

The bill also proposes the creation of a National Shelter Board to address housing policies and plans as well as to reduce bureaucracy.

The board will be composed of the secretary of the Department of the Human Settlements and Urban Development, the director general of the National Economic and Development Authority, the secretaries of the Department of Finance, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of the Interior and Local Government, the heads of the key shelter agencies, specifically the National Housing Authority, Home Guaranty Cooperation, National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation, Home Development Mutual Fund, and the Social Housing Finance Corporation. (PNA)
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CONGRATULATIONS ! New PRBRES Board Member Pilar M. Torres-Banaag


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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: HOTLINE SERVICES OF PRC


NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: HOTLINE SERVICES OF PRC
The Commission wishes to inform the public that the PRC customer hotline numbers, 310-1047 and 310-1026 are temporarily unavailable. To ensure that all queries and concerns are promptly given attention and response, we will be receiving them through emails and social media accounts. The public may opt likewise to visit the Commission’s website for further information.

The following are the active email addresses of the respective offices/divisions of the Commission where you can send your queries or concerns related to transaction:

PHILIPPINE ASSOCIATION OF THE PROFESSIONAL REGULATORY BOARD MEMBERS, INC. (PAPRB): 7TH PROFESSIONAL SUMMIT





The Philippine Association of the Professional Regulatory Board Members, Inc. (PAPRB) in cooperation with Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) will hold its 7th Philippine Professional Summit (PPS7) on 15-16 October 2018 at the Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel with the theme “TRILEMMA: The Challenges to Glocal Professionals - Environment, Socio-Economic, and Health Issues”.

The Summit aims to generate a shared vision to support policy and practices promoting the country’s national agenda as well as examining the environment, socio-economic, and health factors and crises affecting Filipinos and Filipino Professionals worldwide. It will also enable our Professionals to share their insights and understand the different perspectives of other stakeholders in the country’s development.

The registration for the said Summit is now ongoing. Kindly email paprbsec@gmail.com for more information.
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PRC Pagadian and Zamboanga Observe “Amun Jadid”







PRC Pagadian and Zamboanga Observe “Amun Jadid”
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces the suspension of services for both PRC Pagadian Regional Office and Zamboanga Field Office on September 11, 2018 (Tuesday) pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 1083 otherwise known as Code of Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines,”AMUN JADID” is a recognized Muslim Legal Holiday.

PRC Pagadian Regional Office and Zamboanga Field Office will resume their services on the following day, 12 September 2018 (Wednesday).


PRC Mobile Outreach Service in Ifugao, Pangasinan and Ilocos




PRC Mobile Outreach Service in Ifugao, Pangasinan and Ilocos

The Professional Regulation Commission – Baguio will conduct a series of Mobile Outreach Services in Northern Luzon provinces starting 6 September 2018 to 8 October 2018.

Below is the schedule and the services available through PRC Baguio Mobile Outreach Program.


DATE

VENUE
SEPTEMBER 06
(Thursday)
CANDON CITY, ILOCOS SUR
Candon City Hall
10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
SEPTEMBER 08
(Saturday)
URDANETA CITY, PANGASINAN
CB MALL (Second Floor)
9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
OCTOBER 04
(Thursday)
LAGAWE, IFUGAO
Department of Education Division Office
8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
OCTOBER 08
(Monday)
VIGAN CITY
Provincial Capitol
8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
SERVICE OFFERED
  • Application for licensure examinations with Online Application Form generated and printed at www.prc.gov.ph;
  • Initial Registration for Licensure Examination passers with Online Initial Registration Form generated and printed at www.prc.gov.ph;
  • Renewal of Professional ID card with Online ID Renewal Form generated and printed at www.prc.gov.ph;
  • Release of Professional ID Card and Certificate of Registration (per prior request by the professional and subject to availability);
  • Issuance of Certificate of Good Standing (upon request);
  • Issuance of Certificates of Passing and Ratings.

Professionals who wish to claim their Professional ID Card and/or Board Certificate on the above schedules may e-mail  prc.baguio.regulations.renewal@gmail.com or prcbaguio.releasing@gmail.com or text 0946-083-8240 and/or 0927-788-0145 at least 3 or 4 working days before the scheduled date with the following information:
  1. Venue where to claim: (example: Vigan City)
  2. Complete Name:
  3. Profession:
  4. Registration Number:
  5. Date Filed:

Nationwide Implementation of PRC’s Online Renewal System



ANNOUNCEMENT: Nationwide Implementation of PRC’s Online Renewal System
Starting tomorrow, 1 September 2018, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces the full implementation of its Online Renewal System (ORS) to all PRC Regional/Satellite offices including its Service Centers / OSSCOs.

ORS allows the online application, online appointment and online payment for the renewal of Professional Identification Card.

Click HERE to apply online.

Oathtaking of New Chairperson for The Board of Real Estate Service

Manila, Philippines – The Commission’s Chairman, Teofilo S. Pilando, Jr. administered the oath-taking ceremony of the newly appointed Chairperson of the Professional Regulatory Board of Real Estate Service.

Hon. Ofelia C. Binag, newly appointed Chairperson for the Board of Real Estate Service, formally took her oath before the Professional Regulation Commission, witnessed by Commissioner Yolanda D. Reyes and Commissioner Jose Y. Cueto, Jr. on 14 August 2018, at the Commission’s Office at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.




From left to right, Commissioner Yolanda D. Reyes, Chairman Teofilo S. Pilando, Jr.,
Hon. Ofelia C. Binag and Commissioner Jose Y. Cueto, Jr.
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PRC Opens New Service Center in Naga


Naga, Philippines – Dr. Elenita L. Tan, Regional Director of Professional Regulation Commission and Robinsons Land Corporation Operations Director for Luzon, Mr. Irving L. Wu recently led the Inauguration and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony of the new PRC Service Center at Robinsons Place Naga City last 1 August, 2018. The event was witnessed by representatives from the Commission on Higher Education, Civil Service Commission, Department of Labor and Employment, Office of the City Mayor and PRC Legazpi City employees and clients.
The new office shall be offering the following services:
  1. Application for Various Licensure Examinations
  2. Renewal, Printing and Issuance of Professional Identification Card
  3. Processing of CPD Applications
  4. Initial Registration
  5. Application for Registration Without Examination
  6. Issuance of Certifications and Authentication
The new Service Center is located at 2nd floor, Robinsons Place Naga City and will be open from Mondays to Fridays, from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
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Palace names new Duterte appointees

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Malacañang on Wednesday, Aug. 8, said President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed new officials this August, including Arnold G. Larena as a labor arbiter at the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).

Mr. Larena is a managing partner of the Larena Larena & Marasigan Law Office in Davao City.

“Pursuant to the provisions of existing laws, you are hereby appointed Labor Arbiter, National Labor Relations Commission, Department of Labor and Employment, replacing Arturo P. Aponesto,” Mr. Larena’s appointment letter read.

Mr. Duterte signed the appointment papers of Mr. Larena on Aug. 6.

The President also signed the appointment papers of the following new officials:

• Zyril D. Carlos, Member, Board of Directors, DBP Leasing Corporation
• Techson John S. Lim, Director III, Office of the Civil Defense, Department of National Defense
• Rodolfo Dan N. Arzaga, Jr., Director III, Bureau of Customs, Department of Finance
• Michael D. Pabalinas, Director IV, Governance Commission for Government-Owned or -Controlled Corporations
• Antonio Rafael U. Paguio, Director III, Department of Transportation

• Robert Eric A. Borje, Chief of Protocol and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs, Office of the President

• Irving V. Occeña, Director III, Government-Owned or -Controlled Corporations

• Ruben B. Diciano, Director III, Department of Trade and Industry

• Rodolfo J. Mariposque, Director III, Department of Trade and Industry

• Arnold D. Faelnar, Provincial Trade and Industry Officer, Department of Trade and Industry

• Jessie, L. Cardona, Director III, Bureau of Customs, Department of Finance

• Mary Angelene A. Tolentino, Director IV, Department of Tourism

• Cecilia A. Lucentales, Member, Board of Trustees, Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care, Department of Health

• Laura S. Timonera, Director II, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Department of Labor and Employment

• Leo M. Herrera-Lim, Ambassador, Extraodinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Denmark

• Angelo B. Taningco, Assistant Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry

• Napoleon C. Taas, Chief Financial Officer, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
• Maria Rosario C. Cuaresma, Director III, Department of Social Welfare and Development

• Conception G. Quimson, Assistant Secretary, Office of the President

• Nelin O. Cabahug, Provincial Trade and Industry Officer, Department of Trade and Industry

• Alicia N. Opeña, Director III, Department of Trade and Industry

• Brenda B. Covera, Provincial Trade and Industry Officer, Department of Trade and Industry

• Noe G. Quiñanola, Chairperson, Professional Regulatory Board of Accountancy, Professional Regulation Commission

• Carlito D. Paragas, Member, Professional Regulatory Board of Dentistry, Professional Regulation Commission

Ofelia C. Binag, Chairperson, Professional Regulatory Board of Real Estate Service, Professional Regulation Commission

Arjay L. Balinbin
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PRC Adds Additional Dates to their Mobile Outreach Service in Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan



The Professional Regulation Commission - Baguio Regional Office announces the addition of the following dates and venues for their Mobile Services in Northern Luzon provinces starting 9 August to 11 August, 2018.

Below is the schedule and the services available through PRC Baguio Mobile services.

DATE
VENUE
August 09
(Thursday)
CANDON CITY, ILOCOS SUR
Candon City Hall
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
August 11
(Saturday)
URDANETA CITY, PANGASINAN
CB Mall ( Second Floor)
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
SERVICES OFFERED
  • Application for licensure examinations.
  • Registration of License for Examination passers.
  • Renewal of Professional ID card.
  • Release of Professional ID Card and Certificate of Registration (per prior request by the professional and subject to availability).
  • Issuance of Certificate of Good Standing (upon request)
  • Issuance of Certificates of Passing and Ratings.
Professionals who wish to claim their Professional ID Card and/or Board Certificate on the above schedules may e-mail prcbaguio.regulations.renewal@gmail.com 
or prcbaguio.releasing@gmail.com or text 0946-083-8240 and/or 0927-788-0145 at least 3 or 4 working days before the scheduled date with the following information:
1. Venue where to claim: _________________ (Example: Urdaneta City)
2. Complete Name: _____________________
3. Profession: _________________________
4. Registration Number: _________________
5. Date Filed: __________________________

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: HOTLINE SERVICES OF PRC

 

The Commission wishes to inform the public that the PRC customer hotline numbers, 310-1047 and 310-1026 are temporarily unavailable. To ensure that all queries and concerns are promptly given attention and response, we will be receiving them through emails and social media accounts. The public may opt likewise to visit the Commission’s website for further information.

The following are the active email addresses of the respective offices/divisions of the Commission where you can send your queries or concerns related to transaction:

The One Stop Shop of the Central Office

oss picThe One Stop Shop (OSS) is a conglomeration of the various offices’ frontlines in the Central Office. It provides more convenient and efficient service in a common location at the lower ground floor lobby, equipped with modern facilities such as a queuing system, a free Wi-Fi “Juan-Konek” Internet server, and an ARTA-compliant atmosphere. 

Divided into several windows, available services include the status of lots and decrees, certified true copies of survey plans with their technical descriptions, microfilms of titles and plans, certified true copies of anywhere-to-anywhere (A2A) titles, as well as dedicated cashiers for the payment of services. There are also windows that provide assistance for all kinds of inquiries and complaints, the receiving of communications and court documents, and a separate room for Officers-of-the-Day of different sections for those seeking technical advice.

The facility formally opened on the 1st of February of 2015 during LRA’s 112th Anniversary with a ribbon-cutting and a Eucharistic celebration. Now supervised by the Director of Land Registration Operations Service Engr. Porfirio R. Encisa, Jr., with the support of Administrator Renato D. Bermejo, the OSS is the new face of the Authority’s Central Office before the general public.
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