The PRC plays a very significant role in the attainment of the social development
agenda under the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and 8-Point Labor and Employment
Agenda of the Duterte Administration. In order to align existing programs and projects
with the aforementioned agenda and in keeping with the new mandate and policy direction
under President Dutertes’s Social Contract with the Filipino people, and in compliance
with the directive of President Rodrigo R, Duterte to ensure timely delivery of
government service to the clients and to avoid long queues in government offices,
the PRC has continuously pursued the following thrusts and priority programs as
its contribution to the achievement of the country’s macroeconomic goal of inclusive
growth through productive and decent work.
ISO Certification for the Central and Regional Offices
The program is in compliance with Executive Order No. 605 series of 2007, and DOLE
Memorandum Order No. 42-18 series of 2013, and in line with the Commission’s policy
to continuously improve the processes of frontline and support services.
The implementation of the QMS aims to affirm the Commission’s compliance with the
ISO 9001:2008 standards in the Central and Regional Offices.
The stage two audit by Certification International Philippines, Inc. (CIP) as Certifying
Body for ISO 9001:2008 for PRC, was held from June 1 to June 3, 2016 at the PRC
Central Office. And in view of the findings of Minor Non-Conformities and Opportunities
for Improvements of the CIP, the various divisions of PRC will submit its compliance
of the nine (9) minor non-conformities on July 11, 2016.
Implementation of the approved PRC Organization Structure and Staffing Pattern,
including human resource strengthening
To enable the agency to effectively pursue its mandate and critical functions as
provided by R.A. 8981 (PRC Modernization Act of 2000), a reorganization of its organizational
structure and staffing pattern is necessary. The reorganization will enhance administrative
capacity, delineate staff from line functions, promote decentralization, attract
competent staff and enhance linkages among Professional Regulatory Boards and stakeholders,
and infuse knowledge management and client-focused into frontline operations.
The Department of Budget and Management in its letter of June 8, 2016 approved the
creation of 21 Divisions and the revised staffing pattern comprised of 1,075 positions.
Likewise, DBM endorsed to the Office of the President the creation of 7 services/offices
and the creation, reclassification and conversion of various Director positions
in the Central and Regional Offices. The corresponding Notice of Organization, Staffing
and Compensation Action (NOSCA) shall be issued by DBM except those positions that
are still subject to the approval of the President.
The Commission has created a Reorganization Placement Committee to implement the
approved PRC Organization Structure and staffing pattern.
Improvement of the computerization of PRC processes, further develop the
database, and continue to digitalize/archive records
To promote good governance through eGovernance mechanisms, to provide IT enabled
customer-focused services while adhering to strict standards of integrity, quality,
speed, accuracy and convenience, and to make PRC services available and accessible
anytime and anywhere, PRC’s thrust to improve and strengthen its existing eServices
projects and to develop additional eServices that would ensure better and more efficient
services to its clientele is needed.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (formerly DOST-ICTO
) endorsed the PRC Information Systems Strategic Plan (ISSP ) 2015-2017 last January
22, 2016, signed by USec. Louis Napoleon C. Casambre. The PRC ISSP 2015-2017 outlines
how to use ICT resources systematically and streamline the internal work processes
of the Commission for efficient public service delivery. It ensures, likewise, proper
utilization of IT resources and effective ICT management, that is, deploying the
right technology in the right way for the right cause.
The core projects/programs in the ISSP are Enhancement and modernization of the
Licensure and Registration Information System (LERIS) Project,
Enhancement of PRC Web Portal, improvement of the Network Security Enhancement and
Local Area Network (LAN).
The components of the LERIS project are 1) Online Application System (OAS); 2) Online
Registration (initial/renewal) System (ORRS); 3) Electronic Payment and Collection
System (EPCS); 4) Test Question Databank System (TQDS); 5) Correction And Releasing
System (CRS); 6) Centralized Records Management Information System (CRMIS); 7) Legal
Management Information System (LMIS); and 8) Continuing Professional Development
Accreditation System (CPDAS).
The OAS, ORRS and EPCS modules are implemented and scheduled to be bidded out for
enhancement based on the improved business requirements of the Commission.
The User Acceptance Test documents for the LMIS and CPDAS are scheduled for signing.
The bidding is set for the Enhancement of PRC Web Portal , and Network Security
Enhancement and Local Area Network (LAN) Improvement , pursuant to the provisions
of Republic Act 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act).
Build-up of the PRC public assistance /information
The Commission, in adherence to and support of the principles of good governance
and practices, and in compliance with Anti-Red Tape Act had established the Public
Assistance/Information and Complaints Desk (PADC) in the Central and Regional offices.
It assigned personnel as officer-of-the day to render assistance/receive complaints,
comments or suggestions from the transacting public.
Also, in line with the President’s directive to ensure timely services, the Commission
designated a hotline number, and created twitter and official facebook account to
assist students, professionals, government agencies, companies and institutions
about PRC services, policies and guidelines, and to provide updates on the regulated
Continued impact assessment of PRC/PRBs laws, regulations, policies and
The PRBs perform regulatory functions in the full exercise of their regulatory powers
as mandated by their respective laws. In this regard, there is a need for the PRC
to institutionalize the conduct of regulatory impact assessment (RIA) of its existing
rules, regulations and policies to ensure that same remain relevant and responsive
to the needs of the time. The impact assessment will also assist the Boards and
the Commission to develop, review and improve better regulation in accordance with
regulatory best practices. The process entails proper methodology, including analysis,
impact assessments and stakeholder consultation to determine potential effects of
a proposed policy regulation as well as afford the agency other options or interventions
to achieve the same institutional target or objective.
This process is crucial to PRC as it issues regulatory policies affecting a major
segment of the society, the professionals.
Reinforce PRBs (including the filling-up of vacancies)
In 2013, invoking Section 9, Article I of E.O. No. 496, the Commission through Resolution
No. 2013-737 created a Screening Committee to assist PRC in speeding up the conduct
of the selection of applicants to the PRBs as chairperson/s, vice chairperson/s,
or members. The Screening Committee which is composed of members from the professional
organization, professional excellence awardees, outstanding professional organizations,
academe, etc. are empowered to accept applications, screen applicants, and conduct
of background checks and investigations on the nominee/applicants to PRBs. However,
the required composition was proven to be difficult to convene and the process entails
additional cost, thereby defeating the purpose for which the Committee was created.
To address the issue, a Commission Resolution was issued to repeal PRC Resolution
No. 2013-737 and instead the Commission shall exercise its function under Section
7 (i) of R.A. 8981 to rationalize and expedite the selection and recommendation
of Members to the Professional Regulatory Boards.
At present, there are 106 PRB vacancies, 19 unfilled and 87 in hold-over capacity.
The Commission needs additional funding for the honoraria of the would-be appointed
nominees to vacant PRB positions.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
The CPD is a very important component of the maintenance and enhancement of competence
of all professionals. The CPD strives to : a) continuously improve the quality of
the country’s reservoir of registered professionals by updating them on the latest
scientific/technological/ethical and other applicable trends in the local and global
practice of the professions; b) provide support to lifelong learning in the enhancement
of competencies of Filipino professionals towards delivery of quality and ethical
services both locally and globally; and c) deliver quality continuing professional
development activities aligned with the Philippine Qualification Framework (PQF)
for national relevance and global comparability and competitiveness.
The components of the CPD program include: 1) evaluation of qualifications and capability
of an applicant for accreditation as CPD provider; 2) evaluation of the quality
of CPD provider’s program for accreditation and provision of credit units for the
program; 3) monitoring of the CPD providers periodically during the validity of
its accreditation; 4) monitoring of all the CPD programs to ensure compliance; and
5) granting credit units for self -directed and/or lifelong learning.
With the approval of R.A. No. 10912 otherwise known as the Continuing Professional
Development Act of 2016, the CPD is made as a mandatory requirement in the renewal
of professional identification cards (PICs) of all registered and licensed professionals
under the regulation of PRC.
The implementation of the provisions of the CPD law needs funding requirements to
be used for the regular operations of the CPD Councils, including the monitoring
of the conduct of the CPD Programs, travel, honorarium/allowances, and per diems
of the CPD Council when attending official CPD Council meetings or performing other
related functions assigned to them.