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Suspension of Services in PRC Off-Site Service Centers in Robinsons Place Novaliches and Galleria, Ortigas and PRC Lucena on 19 August 2019

Posted on 16 August, 2019
The Professional Regulation Commission announces the temporary suspension of services in PRC Off-site Service Centers in Robinsons Place Novaliches and Galleria, Ortigas and its Regional Office in Lucena on 19 August 2019 (Monday), in commemoration of the birth anniversary of former President Manuel L. Quezon.
This is pursuant to Republic Act No. 6741, “An Act declaring August 19 of each year a special working holiday throughout the entire Philippines and a special non-working public holiday in the provinces of Quezon and Aurora and Quezon City, to commemorate the birth anniversary of former President Manuel L. Quezon”.
The said off-site service centers will resume their operations on 20 August 2019 (Tuesday) while the Regional Office in Lucena will be on 22 August 2019 (Thursday). 
Appointments set on the said date are still valid and will be entertained upon resumption of operations.

Suspension of Services in PRC Davao on 16 August 2019

Suspension of Services in PRC Davao on 16 August 2019
The Professional Regulation Commission announces the temporary suspension of services in PRC Davao on 16 August 2019 (Friday), in celebration of the Kadayawan  Festival.
This is pursuant to Proclamation No. 774 series of 2019, “Declaring Friday, 16 August 2019, A Special (Non-working) Day in the City of Davao”.
The said office will resume its operations on 19 August 2019 (Monday).
Appointments set on the said date are still valid and will be entertained upon resumption of operations.

National Code of Ethics and Responsibilities for Real Estate Service Industry






APPROVED: JULY 29, 2019

EFFECTIVITY: AUGUST 14, 2019


Oath Taking of New CPD Council Members for Real Estate Service

Posted on 07 August, 2019
Misses Carolina Q. Alvarez and Cirila L. Eden, newly appointed CPD Council Members for Real Estate Service, formally took their oath before the Professional Regulation Commission on August 1, 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), 3rdFloor, Delegation Building. The said oath taking was administered by Chairman Teofilo S. Pilando, Jr. and witnessed by Commissioners Yolanda D. Reyes and Jose Y. Cueto, Jr.

PRC Observes the “National Heroes Day”

Posted on 01 August, 2019
The Professional Regulation Commission announces the temporary suspension of services of all its offices including Off-site Service Centers and One-Stop Service Center for OFWs (OSSCOs) on 26 August 2019 (Monday), in observance of the “National Heroes Day”, pursuant to Proclamation No. 555.
The said offices will resume their operations on 27 August 2019 (Tuesday).

PRC Mobile Services in Central Luzon Provinces

Posted on 31 July, 2019
The Professional Regulation Commission announces that its Regional Office in Pampanga will conduct mobile services in the following areas and schedule:


Applicants are advised to apply online at http://online1.prc.gov.ph/ or https://online.prc.gov.ph/ prior to proceeding to the said mobile service venue.
For any concerns or clarifications, you may email us at prc.region3@gmail.com.
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General Consultation on the Draft Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Guidelines

Posted on 22 July, 2019

With the objective to effectively implement Republic Act No. 10912 or the CPD Act, a general consultation on the draft CPD Guidelines was conducted last 9 July 2019 at Bulwagang Nubla, 5th Floor, Main Building, Morayta, Sampaloc, Manila.

Hon. Yolanda D. Reyes, Oversight Commissioner for CPD Program presided over the said consultation together with Hon. Bernadette M. Reyes, CPD Project Manager,  and other members of the Program Management Committee (PMC). The consultation was attended by various CPD Councils.

Highlights of discussion include: (i) self-directed learning creditable activities, (ii) CPD provider’s seminar and registrations fees, (iii) online and other internet-based platform activities, (iv) informal learning and (v) professional work experience in acquiring CPD units.

The said discussions are critical in the finalization of the said Guidelines towards effective implementation of the said Act.






Suspension of Services in PRC Baguio on 15 July 2019
The Professional Regulation Commission announces the temporary suspension of services of its office in Baguio on 15 July 2019 (Monday), in celebration of the 32nd Founding Anniversary in the Cordillera Administrative Region.
This is pursuant to Proclamation No. 763, “Declaring Monday, 15 July 2019, A Special (Non-working) Day in the Cordillera Administrative Region”.
The said office will resume its operations on 16 July 2019 (Tuesday).
Appointments set on the said date are still valid and will be entertained upon resumption of operations.

PRC Mobile Services in Batangas, Romblon and Marinduque




The Professional Regulation Commission announces that its Regional Office in Lucena will conduct mobile services in the following areas and schedule to accommodate applications for the September 2019 Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers:

Applicants are advised to apply online at http://online1.prc.gov.ph/ or https://online.prc.gov.ph/ prior to proceeding to the said mobile service venue.

Professionals exempt from business permit fees for offices, clinics


July 3, 2019 | 12:32 am


PHILSTAR/MICHAEL VARCAS

PROFESSIONALS are now exempted from paying fees to obtain business permits for the operation of their offices or clinics under a new circular of the Department of Finance (DoF).

In a statement on Tuesday, the DoF said that “while professionals still need to secure business permits from LGUs (local government units), such should be at no cost at all during the registration or renewal of the operation of their clinics or offices, given that such permits cannot regulate the practice of their profession,” in reference to the Local Finance Circular (LFC) 001-2019.

“This is because regulations for the practice of professions are within the exclusive domain of the respective agencies or regulatory boards empowered by law to supervise and regulate professions.”
The DoF clarified that local governments may impose local business tax on professionals who conduct trading and other business activities that are outside the scope of their professions, payment of which can be collected during registration or renewal.
The same circular also covers imposition of the professional tax on professionals employed in the private and public sectors.
Professionals who are employed exclusively by the government are exempted from paying professional tax “unless he or she has been duly authorized to practice the profession outside of one’s official functions”.

An individual or corporation employing a person subject to the professional tax should require payment by that person of the tax on his/her profession before employment and annually thereafter.
In case the individual practices multiple professions — a certified public accountant and a lawyer at the same time, for example — he or she is required to pay the professional tax imposed on both professions, according to the circular.
The professional tax, however, should “not exceed P300 or the rate provided under a duly enacted local ordinance, subject to adjustment not exceeding 10% every five years.”
The circular also stated that the community tax on individuals, including professionals, and corporations does not cover general professional partnerships, which are therefore exempt from paying this levy.
Moreover, the community tax will be “P5 plus P1 for every P1,000 of income from the exercise of profession” but should not exceed P5,000.
The circular also states that LGUs may collect garbage fees, occupancy permit fees and sanitary inspection fees and other charges, “the amount of which shall be reasonably commensurate to the cost of regulation or provision of service… provided under a duly enacted local ordinance,” provided that no service charge will be based on capital investments or gross sales or receipts of the persons or businesses concerned.
In the statement, DoF Undersecretary Antonette C. Tionko — who heads the department’s Revenue Operations Group — said that the circular was issued in order to address complaints about improper imposition of local taxes and other charges on professionals. — RJNI
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Online Services already accept payments via Paymaya



Announcement
Starting on 28 June 2019, the Professional Regulation Commission announces that its Online Services already accept payments via Paymaya thru Mastercard, VISA, JCB ( Debit/Credit Cards) and Pay by Paymaya (with Paymaya Accounts).
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June 2019 Real Estate Broker Licensure Examination results released in three (3) working days


Posted on 19 June, 2019
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 204 out of 297 passed the Real Estate Broker Licensure Examination given by the Board of Real Estate Service in Manila, Cagayan De Oro, Davao and Tacloban this June 2019.
The members of the Board of Real Estate Service who gave the licensure examination are Ofelia C. Binag, Chairman; Rafael M. Fajardo, Jose Arnold M. Tan and Pilar M. Torres-Banaag (inhibited), Members.
The results were released in three (3) working days after the said examination.
From July 1 to July 2, 2019, registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be done on-line.  Please go to https://online.prc.gov.ph and follow instructions for initial registration.  Those who will register are required to bring the following: downloaded duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, notice of admission (for identification only), 2 pieces passport sized pictures (colored with white background and complete name tag), 2 sets of documentary stamps and 1 piece short brown envelope and submission of Original Surety Bond, minimum amount of which is P 20,000.00, with the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)/Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) as Obligee.  Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.
The date and venue for the oathtaking ceremony of the new successful examinees in the said examination WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

Environmental Planner Licensure Examination results released in three (3) working days


June 2019 Environmental Planner Licensure Examination results released in three (3) working days
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 2,029 out of 4,973 passed the Environmental Planner Licensure Examination given by the Board of Environmental Planning in Manila, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban and Tuguegarao this June 2019. 
The members of the Board of Environmental Planning who gave the licensure examination are Josefina M. Ramos, Chairman and Lirio T. Abuyuan, Member.
From June 25 to June 28, 2019, registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be done on-line.  Please go to http://online.prc.gov.ph and follow instructions for initial registration.  Those who will register are required to bring the following: downloaded duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, notice of admission (for identification only), 2 pieces passport sized pictures (colored with white background and complete name tag), 2 sets of documentary stamps and 1 piece short brown envelope.  Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.
The date and venue for the oathtaking ceremony of the new successful examinees in the said examination WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.       

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New PRC Building to Rise in Pasay City
Manila, 20 May 2019 – The Professional Regulation Commission and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) together with the Professional Regulatory Boards (PRBs) and representatives from the CAVDEAL – Cavite Ideal International Construction & Development Corporation and the Enrique O. Olonan and Associates led the ceremonial ground breaking for the construction of the new PRC Building in Pasay City on 20 May 2019.

“This ground breaking ceremony marks the commencement of the construction of future landmark of the Filipino professionals”, PRC Chairman Teofilo S. Pilando, Jr. cited in his message.

The project is envisioned to facilitate the regulation of various professionals and will be the center for Continuing Professional Development and professional licensure examinations. It is designed to accommodate the fast growing number of professionals and the expanding regulatory activities of the Commission and PRBs.

The project consists of: (i) an 11-storey structure for the Commission’s executive offices; (ii) an 8-storey structure for examination centers, facilities and multi-functional rooms for conventions and meetings; and (iii) a 3-storey structure for hearing rooms, food court and roof garden. It is located at Phase 1, Super Block A, Central Business Park Island-A, Pasay City.

The PRC is appreciative of its partnership with the DPWH led by Secretary Mark A. Villar, towards the realization of the said project. Upon the completion of the new building, services to professionals will be greatly improved.


PRC Establishes Off-Site Service Centers Nationwide

PRC Establishes Off-Site Service Centers Nationwide
As the Professional Regulation Commission continuously sustain its commitment to ensure timely delivery of its frontline services to the clients, the Commission ceaselessly extends its services through the establishment of PRC Off-site Service Centers nationwide.

To date, the Commission has established twenty-one (21) off-site service centers, four (4) OSSCOs and satellite offices nationwide. The 21 off -site Service Centers are located in Robinsons Place Manila, Galleria, Novaliches, Las Piñas, Ilocos, Pangasinan, Santiago, Starmills, Sta. Rosa, Dasmariñas, Palawan, Naga, Iloilo, Bacolod, Galleria Cebu, Dumaguete, Ormoc, Iligan, Tagum, General Santos, and Butuan while OSSCOs are located in POEA Ortigas, Palayan, Nueva Ecija, Clark, Pampanga and Davao. Satellite offices are likewise established in PICC and Zamboanga.

The services available in the said off-site service centers include the application for licensure examination, renewal of Professional Identification Card (PIC), issuance of duplicate PIC, certification and authentication of  Certificate of Registration, PIC, Board Passing, and Board Rating, change of status/name and stateboard verification.

These off-site service centers are under the supervision of the PRC Regional Office covering the area.

This project is in line with the Commission’s collaboration agreement with the Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) which also aims to provide convenience to the transacting public by bringing its services closer to them.






PRC Mobile Services in Pangasinan and Ilocos Sur

PRC Mobile Services in Pangasinan and Ilocos Sur
The Professional Regulation Commission announces that its office in Region I will conduct series of mobile services in various areas of Pangasinan and Ilocos Sur as part of the Araw ng Propesyonal program.

Please be guided by the following schedule:

March - April 2019 Real Estate Consultant Licensure Examination Results Released in Two (2) Working Days








The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 43 out of 45 passed the Real Estate Consultant Licensure Examination given by the Board of Real Estate Service in Manila last March 31, 2019 (Written) and April 23-25, 2019 (Revalida).

The members of the Board of Real Estate Service who gave the licensure examination are Ofelia C. Binag, Chairman; Rafael M. Fajardo, Jose Arnold M. Tan and Pilar M. Torres-Banaag (inhibited), Members.

The results were released in two (2) working days after the last day of examination.

From May 2 and 3, 2019 registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be done on-line.  Please go to www.prc.gov.ph and follow instructions for initial registration.  Those who will register are required to bring the following: downloaded duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, notice of admission (for identification only), 2 pieces passport sized pictures (colored with white background and complete name tag), 2 sets of documentary stamps and 1 piece short brown envelope.  Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

The date and venue for the oathtaking ceremony of the new successful examinees in the said examination WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

PRC Rosales Conducts Mobile Services in Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan

PRC Rosales Conducts Mobile Services in Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan
The Professional Regulation Commission announces that its office in Region I will conduct  series of mobile services in various areas of Pangasinan and Ilocos Sur as part of the Araw ng Propesyonal program.

Please be guided by the following schedule:

PRC Iloilo Regional Office’s New Location

PRC Iloilo Regional Office’s New Location
The Professional Regulation Commission wishes to inform the general public that the new Iloilo Regional Office is located at 2nd Floor, Gaisano Iloilo City Center, Benigno Aquino Avenue, San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City starting 10 April 2019.

Clients with online appointment in the said Regional Office from 1-8 April 2018 are advised to proceed to PRC Service Center in Robinson’s Place Iloilo, Mabini St., cor. De Leon St., Iloilo City.



Clarification On The Five-Year Prescriptive Period For Those Covered Under Section 18 (B) (4), (5) And (6) Of Republic Act No. 10587 Or The Environmental Planning Act Of 2013



Clarification On The Five-Year Prescriptive Period For Those Covered Under Section 18 (B) (4), (5) And (6) Of Republic Act No. 10587 Or The Environmental Planning Act Of 2013
 
The Professional Regulation Commission wishes to clarify that the deadline of the five (5) year period prescribed for those covered by Section 18 (B) (4), (5) and (6) of Republic Act No. 10587 or the Environmental Planning Act of 2013 shall fall on 2 October 2019 or five (5) years after the effectivity date of the IRR of the said Act.


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Invitation to Service Providers to Present a Proposal as A Payment Channel

 
 
Invitation to Service Providers to Present a Proposal as A Payment Channel to Interface with PRC’s Existing Online System to Service the Filipino Professionals in The Processing And Payment of PRC’s Various Transactions
 
LETTER OF INVITATION
Request for Proposal (RFP)

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) is an agency of the national government responsible for the administration, implementation and enforcement of regulatory policies in the regulation and licensing of various professions and occupations under its jurisdiction.  It recognizes the importance of information and communications technology as a strategic tool in the delivery of its services, in the performance of its functions and in the achievement of its vision.
The PRC is aware of the availability of modern technology-based solutions, schemes and strategies that offer options to further improve its service delivery and accelerate the attainment of its mission and vision.  In 2016 the PRC pilot-tested Online Services of application for examination, initial registration and renewal of Professional ID cards with electronic payment and collection systems.
The PRC intends to continue adopting the online Electronic Payment and Collection System (EPCS) for the processing and collection of fees of application for examination, initial registration, renewal of PRC ID cards, and extending it further to cover other services such as certification fees, additional payment modes and to enhance its present system.
The principal objective of this project is to give greater ease and convenience to the transacting clients by providing additional options for examination application, initial registration and renewal of PRC ID cards as well as by providing additional payment options. With the help of current technological innovations, PRC will expand its capability to serve both aspirants and professionals based locally and overseas particularly those in far-flung areas.  The enhanced services will likewise integrate other PRC systems and provide necessary links to other government agencies for verification of application requirements.
In this regard, PRC is inviting service providers to present a proposal as a payment channel to interface with PRC’s existing online system to service the Filipino Professionals in the processing and payment of PRC’s various transactions.
Attached herewith a copy of the Terms of Reference. 
Please be guided accordingly.
Thank you.

Very truly yours,

ATTY. ARISTOGERSON T. GESMUNDO
Assistant Commissioner

PROFESSIONAL REGULATION COMMISSION
TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS

The Service Provider shall perform the following:
  1. Open and maintain an account with an Authorized Government Depository Bank (AGDB) where the Guaranty Deposit shall be maintained for the benefit of PRC and BTr. It shall maintain a daily cash balance on such deposit account equivalent to the average total daily collection of PRC Fees or FOUR MILLION PESOS (PHP 4,000,000), whichever is higher.
  2. Open and maintain an account with an AGDB with a cash balance enough to facilitate the service provider’s instructions to debit its account detailing the total collections of PRC for credit to BTr-PRC Clearing Account.
  3. Accept payments from PRC clients for various fees such as Examination Fee, Registration Fee, Annual Fee, Certification/Authentication Fee, Surcharges Miscellaneous, and other prescribed fees
  4. Send an electronic Confirmation Receipt or Payment Validation Slip to the nominated e-mail address of the paying PRC client which shall be generated from the ECPs and shall indicate the breakdown of amounts paid by the PRC clients for the transaction
  • The convenience fee, if any shall be reflected separately in the Confirmation Receipt or Payment Validation Slip for transparency and proper accounting purposes. 
  1. Remit on behalf of PRC the total daily collection of PRC Fees not later than 10:00 AM of the next banking day to BTr PRC clearing account.
Payment transactions received up to the end-of-day cut-off-time of 12:00 o’clock midnight, Manila Philippine Time (GMT+8) shall be posted as transaction of that day, any transaction received after the cut-off-time shall be considered as transaction of the next banking day.
  1. Pay to BTr penalty equivalent to 5% of the total amount of PRC fees collected daily that is due for remittance to BTr-PRC clearing Account________________ with the depository bank and interest, compounded daily base on Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas overnight lending rate, in case of late-remittance, under remittance, or non- remittance of collections after determination by BTr from the LDC submitted by PRC and the bank statement issued by LBP.  Penalty and interest computation shall be counted from the date following lapse of period to remit until actual remittance is made.  Provided that such delay was not caused by force majeure and therefore not beyond the control of the service provider.
  2. Provide PRC’s Administrative Services Office, Planning Management and Financial Service Office (PFMS), Information and Communication Technology Service, Cash Division and Accounting Division the following Reports and electronic files of all collection and deposit transactions: 
  1. Daily Report of Collections and Deposits showing the transaction details such as, but not limited to, date and number of EOR, location code, transaction number, name of payor, particulars, amount, type of PRC fee/income classification and name of payment channel in accordance with the format provided by the PRC. (Annex A).  List of location code to be used is likewise provided. (Annex B). Each page shall reflect the sub-totals with the grand total on the last page. Moreover, every report shall bear a number at the right most part with the following format, YY-MM-00000.
  2. Daily Report of Deposited Collections classified as to income classification and tallied with total amount of deposit in the Report of Collections and Deposits for the day and shall bear a number at the right most part with the following format, YY-MM-00000. (Annex C) Subtotal for every date of collection shall be required; on the other hand, Grand Total is required for the total deposits for the day.
  3. Monthly Bank Statement from the depository bank (AGDB) for reconciliation purposes
  4. Copies of automated deposit slips/credit memo, debit instruction or authority to debit advice duly validated or stamped received by the AGDB.
  5. Certificate of Deposit from the BTr for submission to PRC.
  6. Other reports that may be required for financial management and/or auditing purposes.
  1. Provide facility for real time viewing, downloading and generating prescribed reports to PRC and the Commission on Audit (COA) for all electronic payment and collection reports.

PROFESSIONAL REGULATION COMMISSION
TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR TECHNICAL CONCERNS (PAYMENT CHANNELS)
  1. Provision of Payment Gateway System (PGS) that must be able to interface    with PRC’s Online Services.
  2. The PGS must have a Responsive Design (Desktop, Laptops Mobile & Tablets).
  3. The PGS must not accept double/multiple payments of the same transaction type and profession/exam name.
  4. The PGS must be made available 24/7 online everywhere and be able to all clients to pay fees assessed by PRC.
  5. The PGS must ensure that security protocols are in place.
  6. Provision of automatic / real-time validation of payments.
  7. The PGS must provide a facility for PRC to generate transaction reports on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.
  8. Provision of a payment inquiry module that must validate payments that were not validated in real-time due to slow internet connection, human error, system error, among others.
  9. The PGS must have a capability of displaying real-time monitoring of completed transaction once the customer has completed the transaction.
  10. Must include Help Desk (chat/email/phone) support to monitor all e-payment transactions.
  11. Provision of returning a Status Confirmation for payment if successful or not
  12. Must return the following information upon payment for checking and validation purposes:

Suspension of Services in all PRC Offices Including Service Centers and OSSCOs on 25 February 2019

The Professional Regulation Commission announces the temporary suspension of services of all PRC Offices including Service Centers and OSSCOs on 25 February 2019, in commemoration of the 33rd Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, pursuant to Proclamation No. 555.

The said offices will resume operations on 26 February 2019.

The transacting public who have appointment on the said date will be accommodated on 26 February 2019.



NEW CPD IRR : PRC Resolution No. 2019-1146 : Amending Relevant Provisions of IRR of RA 10912 (Continuing Professional Development (CPD) ACT of 2016






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