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Board exams slated in July to September get IATF’s go signal

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The pandemic task force has “provisionally approved” the conduct of professional licensure exams scheduled in July to September, Malacañang announced Friday.

In a resolution approved this week, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases said the Professional Regulation Commission should observe health and safety protocols against Covid-19 and the community quarantine classification of the concerned areas.

“The IATF had provisionally approved the conduct of professional licensure examinations for July to September 2021, subject to conditions,” presidential spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said.

He added that the PRC should heed the guidelines set by the Department of Health and the Philipine National Police to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Among the exams that would be held in July include those for aspiring nurses, mining engineers, master plumbers, real estate brokers, and environmental planners, according to the PRC’s website.

On the other hand, the licensure examination for aspiring psychologists, psychometricians, mechanical engineers, certified plant mechanics, guidance counselors, medical technologists, and social workers were scheduled in August.

For September, exams for aspiring sanitary engineers, electrical engineers, master electricians, librarians, physicians, respiratory therapists, professional teachers, and agricultural and biosystems engineers would be conducted.

The PRC deferred the conduct of some licensure exams last year to avoid gatherings that may spread coronavirus cases.

The pandemic task force allowed the exams scheduled last January to June to resume.

So far, the Philippines has recorded 1.24 million coronavirus cases with nearly 21,300 fatalities.

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