Regulatory body to study possibility of scrapping board exams

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 16) — The Professional Regulation Commission is studying the possibility of dropping government licensure examinations, its chair said Friday, but stressed policymakers have the last word.

"'Yan ay pinagaaralan din namin pero 'yang mga examinations po ay mandated by the law. We defer to the policymakers...," PRC chairman Teofilo Pilando Jr. said in a virtual briefing when asked for his comment on the statement of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on abolishing board, and bar exams.

[Translation: We are also studying that, but those examinations are mandated by the law. We defer to the policymakers...]

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According to Pilando, there are now 46 regulated professions.

"Ang arguments for conducting examinations ay para may national qualification system of producing professionals dahil hindi pare-pareho ang pinanggalingan ng mga professionals natin," he said.

[Translation: The arguments for conducting examinations are to have a national qualification system of producing professionals because our professionals do not have the same background.]

Bello earlier this month floated this idea during a meeting with the Philippine Nurses Association and the Board of Nursing. He argued the students' several years of education are already enough to gear them for work. The PNA, however, said it does not support the proposal.