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PRC opens 13 ID renewal centers at SM malls; eyes 66 more by October
Monday, September 17, 2012
Business Mirror by JONATHAN L. MAYUGA / REPORTER



FILIPINO professionals can now renew their Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) identification cards in 13 malls in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

This was announced by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapolis-Baldoz as she announced the simultaneous opening of the PRC’s ID renewal centers on Friday through a public-private partnership between the SM Mart Inc. and the Bureau of Treasury.

PRC Chairman Teresita Manzala said that upon application, an applicant can get their ID after seven working days.

The 13 ID renewal centers are at the SM Mall of Asia, SM Novaliches, SM Marikina, SM Masinag, SM Manila, SM Quiapo, SM Harrison Plaza, SM Sta. Mesa and SM Sucat in Metro Manila and at the four provincial malls of SM in Bacoor and Dasmariñas in Cavite; in Calamba, Laguna, and in Lipa City, Batangas.

The PRC’s ID renewal centers are open seven days a week during mall hours.

The opening of the centers will encourage Filipino professionals to renew their professional licenses at malls where they can file applications for ID renewal and to claim them “at their own time, and at their own convenience, without the hassles of going through long queues.

Manzala said the ID renewal system at the malls comes after the successful development of PRC’s Online Application System for the board examinations.

“This manifests the Commission’s commitment to fully computerize its frontline operations for the convenience of the transacting pro-fessionals,” she added.

“Hopefully, in the next few weeks, we will open more ID renewal centers in other SM malls,” she said.

According to Manzala, by the end of October, the same service can be accessed in all 66 SM malls and hypermarts.

The e-service provided by the PRC will help Filipino professionals renew their license on time, as such is important in rendering their professional services.

According to Manzala, there are 46 different regulatory boards under the PRC.

Last year the Board of Real Estate Service with more than 20,000 professionals joined the list.

She said this September, there are 100,000 teachers who applied to take the board exam for teachers. For nursing, there are 66,000 applicants. The on-line application system, she said, makes it easier for the applicants to apply.

Also, she said employers can check the database of the PRC to determine whether their employees and would-be employees are indeed registered professionals.

Manzala said the PRC is expanding its walk-in examination system wherein applications for board exam can take computer-aided exams that deviate from the “pencil and paper” examination. Walk-in examination system currently applies for marine deck and marine engineer offices, and geodetic engineers.

“We are hoping to extend the service in other board exams.

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