Manila, November 27, 2013 -- The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) today cautioned applicants, prospective takers of various licensure examinations including registered professionals and members of their families against fixers out to prey on unsuspecting victims.
According to the PRC, the modus operandi of these fixers is to pose or introduce themselves as PRC officials or employees and to assure the examinee or members of their families that they can guarantee the examinee to pass the board examination in exchange for a certain amount of money. Meetings with the examinees or their families where the money is to be paid to the fixers are then conducted in a restaurant or other place outside of PRC premises.
Recently, an individual introducing himself as a PRC official offered to facilitate the processing of the renewal of the licenses of two Mechanical Engineers. The two professionals, sensing fraud, sought the legal assistance of the PRC-Davao Regional Office.
Other than the PRC mobile services (PRC on-wheels) and the PRC I.D. Renewal Center at the Malls, the Commission stressed that official transactions are done at all PRC Offices (Central, Regional and Satellite) and with authorized PRC personnel ONLY. To verify the identity of a PRC official whose name may have been used by these fixers, the public is advised to check from the directory of PRC officials HERE.
PRC said that in waging war against fixers, syndicates and fake professionals, it is continuously networking with other government agencies for a more coordinated effort to combat their fraudulent activities. It is also asking PRC clients and the general public to help in this effort by reporting questionable transactions to the Commission.
For inquiry, assistance or any information regarding suspicious individuals and transactions, the public is encouraged to call the PRC’s Hotline: (02)310-0026 or e-mail queries or reports to firstname.lastname@example.org.