The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced on Thursday the cancellation of the licensure examinations for physicians set to be conducted in Metro Manila this September.

In a statement, the PRC said the cancellation was due to the extension of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila.

“The [PRC] informs the public that due to the reversion of the [MECQ] classification in National Capital Region (NCR), the September 11, 12, 18 and 19, 2021 Physicians Licensure Examination (PLE) in NCR has been cancelled,” it said.

The PRC said examinees affected by the cancellation could “take the next succeeding examination without forfeiture of their examination fees.”

“The PRC requests the public’s utmost understanding and cooperation as it complies with the guidelines set forth by Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases,” it added.

Meanwhile, examinations in Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legaspi, Lucena, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga would proceed as scheduled.

Metro Manila was supposed to revert to general community quarantine on Sept. 8, but since the IATF had yet to finalize guidelines for the implementation of granular lockdowns, its reversion was delayed by a week. John Ezekiel J. Hirro