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September 20, 2021

‘Notorious’ board exam cancellation: Sen. Joel Villanueva, during Monday’s hybrid plenary session, September 20, 2021, notes the lack of “human consideration” of the Professional Regulatory Commission in the suspension of licensure examinations for the past two years, particularly the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET). Villanueva said examinees, before the actual exams, already spent money for the review, excluding the P900 non-refundable application fee paid to the PRC. They are also required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period, submit a medical certificate and a negative RT-PCR Test out-of-pocket expense certificate. He also said the examinees could not get a job because they have no license yet. And those who have jobs took a leave of absence from work only to wait in vain because the scheduled examinations were cancelled. “As I’ve said, the notorious cancellations of board exam schedules have been going on for two years now. Out of the 101 board examinations scheduled this year, only 24 have pushed through. The PRC seems stuck in its old ways, Mr. President. And we have been asking them about their plans in conducting board exams amid the new normal... Unfortunately, all we heard from PRC is their 'plan' to migrate their examinations online,” Villanueva said. (Henzberg Austria/Senate PRIB)