Inihayag ni Senate higher education committee chairman Joel Villanueva na dapat manatili ang pagsasagawa ng board examinations sa bansa sakabila ng mga kinahaharap ng Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) na magkaroon ng sertipikasyon upang matiyak ang kalidad ng mga propesyonal sa bansa sa gitna ng nagpapatuloy na pandemya.
Aniya, hindi raw mapapakinabangan ng mga nakatapos ng pag-aaral kung hindi sila board-certified.
“It is the final ‘quality control’ check before we allow graduates to practice a profession which depends on the lives of the people—like physicians—or safety of buildings, like engineers. If tech-voc graduates, like mechanics who fix cars, require TESDA certification, how much more for doctors who will repair hearts?” pahayag ni Villanueva.
Sinabi pa ni Villanueva na nakapag-file na siya ng Senate Resolution No. 661 na makakatulong sa PRC sa mga dapat gawin sa pagkuha ng board exams sakabila ng banta ng COVID-19 pandemic.
“Computerization will also help disaster-proof our professional licensure system, as typhoons and floods often wreak havoc on testing schedules and sites,” saad ni Villanueva.
“We think there is a lot of room for improvement for the PRC, and to address the problems, we need to evaluate suggestions. If our professional regulatory laws need amending, we’re ready to buckle down to work,” dagdag ni Villanueva.
Sinabi rin ni Villanueva na nauunawaan niya ang sentimiyento ni labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III na dapat magkaroon ng kagyat na reporma sa pag-conduct ng licensure examinations.
“But we cannot totally remove the certifying process because it will be unfair to our people, and is a betrayal of their trust, as they expect their government to test the knowledge of these professionals if they are indeed qualified to practice,” ani VIllanueva. #DM