/ 28 July 2020

THE COMMISSION on Higher Education has commended the Professional Regulation Commission for its prompt and decisive action in rescheduling all licensure examinations reportedly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Public and private higher education institutions, students, and parents have been worried about the schedule of licensure examinations and have sought the assistance of the commission to push for the cancellation or rescheduling of these exams,” CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera III said.

The PRC has already postponed 17 licensure exams from March to June and has cancelled all examinations scheduled later this year while there are still areas under the Enhanced Community Quarantine, including the Environmental Planners Licensure Examination and Licensure Examination for Interior Designers.

De Vera noted the licensure examinations that are held two times per year are not really problematic since students can take the second examination this year.

The influx of students taking the second scheduled examination is manageable because the graduating batch this year belongs to the reduced number of ‘K to 12’ transition groups.

Licensure examinations that are postponed and scheduled only once a year, like the Environmental Planners Licensure Examination last June 11 and 12, and the Licensure Examination for Interior Designers last June 23 and 25 will be rescheduled in the second half of this year.

“The actions of PRC is a reflection of the whole-of-nation approach where government agencies work together to promptly address problems on the ground. CHED is willing to work with PRC to find the most appropriate schedule that will ease the concerns of students and their parents,” De Vera said.