Professional Regulation Commission
|Established:||June 22, 1973|
|Activated:||January 2, 1974|
|Chairperson:||Hon. Leonor Tripon-Rosero|
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) is the Philippine government agency mandated to regulate and supervise the practice of the professionals, the highly skilled manpower of the country.
PRC was created on June 22, 1973 by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 223 by President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Its first commissioner was Eric C. Nubla who assumed office on January 2, 1974. It also started issuing certificates of registration in Filipino with English translation as well as computerizing the database of its registered professionals that year. Proclamation No. 1276 is issued declaring June 22 to 29 of the year as "Professional Consciousness Week."
In 1975, PRC started issuance of computer-printed registration cards with one-year validity and accreditation of professional organizations. In 1976, it entered into an agreement with the Civil Service Commission to register all board examination passers as civil service eligibles pursuant to R.A. 1080, as amended. In 1977, the commission started issuing registration cards valid for 3 years pursuant to Letter of Instruction No. 567. PRC confers the first "Outstanding Professional of the Year" awards to professionals.
PRC investigates cases against offending examinees and professionals. Its decisions have the force and effect of the decisions of a court of law, with the same level of authority as a Regional Trial Court. After the lapse of the period within which to file an appeal, Commission decisions become final and executory.
The Commission formulates rules and policies on professional regulation. When published in the official gazette, these rules have the force and effect of law.
The Commission is also functioned to administer, implement, and enforce the regulatory policies of the national government, including the maintenance of professional and occupational standards and ethics and the enforcement of the rules and regulations relative thereto.
The Commission is headed by a Commission Proper composed of a Chairperson and two Commissioners.
Supervises 43 professional regulatory boards (PRBs) and extends technical, legal, and administrative support to them. The members of the PRBs, all presidential appointees, in turn regulate the professions under their jurisdiction.
It has 4 stakeholders: the 80 million Filipinos, the 42 accredited professional organizations and 2.3 million Filipino professional, the 42 Professional Regulatory Boards with 159 member, and the 484 PRC employees.
It also has 3 major operating offices: Licensure Office, Regulations Office, Office of Financial and Administrative Services, and two ad hoc offices: Maritime Affairs Office and Office for Professional Teachers.
- Professional Regulation Commission official website (accessed on January 23, 2008)