Gordon welcomes PRC decision to reschedule May 2021 Nurses Licensure Examination

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 7, 2021   •   265

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Richard Gordon welcomes the Professional Regulation Commission’s (PRC) decision to reschedule the May 2021 Nurses Licensure Examination (NLE).

On his Twitter post, Gordon said the rescheduling of the exams would be helpful to increase the number of healthcare workers in the country.

According to the PRC Resolution no. 1353 series of 2021, the NLE will be held twice this year. The first will be on July 3 and 4 from the original May schedule. The second will be on November 21 and 22.

He said the call was after several nursing graduates expressed wanting to immediately help their families amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.



Gordon further said nurses should also be given proper compensation and benefits.

The Senator reiterated nurses would no longer seek better opportunities abroad if they receive the compensation they deserve.

“Aside from recruiting more nurses, we need to make sure that they are well-compensated and their benefits are given on time. We must also ensure their welfare as well as their families.” according to his post.

The Resolution read that the rescheduling is “due to the urgent call of the government to augment the workforce of medical professions, especially the Registered Nurses, on the country’s battle against COVID-19 pandemic.

The resolution also stated that the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases are willing to coordinate with the PRC in administering a large-scale examination such as the NLE.

They agreed to hold a meeting in July. AAC

PRC request to hold licensure exams from July to September ‘provisionally approved’ – IATF

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government’s task force for COVID-19 response has “provisionally” approved the request of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to conduct licensure examinations this year, Malacañang said Friday.

Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said PRC’s request to facilitate licensure examinations from July to September was approved during an IATF meeting on Thursday.

Roque, however, noted that the conduct of PRC licensure examinations is subject to conditions.

These include “PRC’s health and safety protocols and the observance of minimum public health standards, the issuance of the PRC-DOH-PNP guidelines, and the community quarantine classification of the concerned areas.”

According to the PRC website, licensure examinations set to be held in July to September this year include those for nurses, physicians, veterinarians, social workers, landscape architects, professional teachers, among others.

Philippine Red Cross clarifies it is not into selling vaccines

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) issued a clarification regarding reports by news outlets saying the humanitarian organization would be selling  COVID-19 vaccines developed by American pharmaceutical firm Moderna to the public.

The news reports quoted PRC Chairman Senator Richard Gordon to have said that those who cannot wait for the free jabs from the government may pay the organization P3,500 for two doses of Moderna vaccine.

“To set the record straight, PRC Chairman Richard Gordon never announced that the Red Cross is selling vaccines. He stressed the need to act fast and vaccinate as many people as we can,” explained PRC governor Ma.Carissa Coscolluela.

Coscolluela noted what Gordon meant was, the PRC has procured Moderna COVID 19 vaccines and intends to vaccinate Red Cross members and donors, who are also PRC members and are willing to bear the cost of the vaccines.

The overall cost, Coscolluela said, would be US$26.83 (P1,284) per dose plus an administration fee that covers cost for syringes, gloves, PPEs, meals and allowances of PRC doctors and nurses, and other essential expenses related to the vaccination.

“The PRC is a humanitarian organization and is not in the business of selling any vaccines. It does not charge for anything that it got free,” Coscolluela stressed.

FDA, PRC conducting parallel probe on alleged lapses in ivermectin mass distribution

Robie de Guzman   •   May 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) have started looking into the mass distribution of anti-parasitic drug ivermectin following reports of invalid prescriptions issued during the event, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.

In an online briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH already forwarded to the PRC reports they gathered about the alleged invalid prescriptions issued by doctors involved in the drug distribution.

Last week, the DOH said that members of the Concerned Doctors and Citizens PH allegedly wrote prescriptions on a sheet of paper instead of a prescription pad during the distribution of ivermectin drugs led by Representatives Rodante Marcoleta and Mike Defensor in several communities in Quezon City.

“They already have acknowledged this. Ito po ay nagbigay tayo ng anecdotes at alleged na mga nireport sa atin about the invalid prescription,” Vergeire said.

“Of course, we’d like to know from them the practice of profession itong mga sumali dito na mga healthcare workers natin who are licensed by PRC,” she added.

Vergeire said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gave the instruction for the FDA to conduct a parallel probe last Friday.

Defensor earlier defended the mass distribution of ivermectin despite repeated warnings from health authorities that the drug has not been approved to treat COVID-19 due to insufficient evidence.

The lawmaker also said that the DOH should not go after the doctors who joined the distribution.

Vergeire, however, said that the DOH will uphold the law in addressing the distribution of ivermectin.

“We will act accordingly. According to existing laws that we have in the country, according to identified violations, according to the accountable persons,” she said.

“We are on to that position and direction na i- uphold kung ano sinasabi sa batas. At gagawin po namin yan,” she added.

The DOH earlier said that a valid prescription should contain the date of prescription, the patient’s name, age, and sex. Pertinent details about the prescribing physician should also be included, such as name, office address, professional regulation number, and professional tax receipt number (if applicable).

It also called on those who received the prescriptions and the drugs to report any invalid prescriptions to the PRC, and any adverse reactions to the FDA at (02) 8809-5596 or pharmacovigilance@fda.gov.ph.

The DOH and FDA also urged the public to be “vigilant and sufficiently assess any prescriptions provided to them, as these prescriptions will protect them and ensure accountability from the issuing professional.”

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