The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) is considering holding licensure examinations in 2021 virtually in light of the Covid-19 threat.

PRC Chairman Teofilo Pilando Jr. said the commission was looking into “technology-based” alternatives for its examinations.

“We’re thinking of using more technology-based examinations but we are to begin operation for that,” he said in a Department of Labor and Employment Senate budget hearing.

PRC plans to conduct dry runs with the “smaller” examinations.

“We might be able to start with the smaller boards which may be more manageable,” Pilando said.

Examinations originally scheduled from June to November 2020 were earlier pushed to 2021 amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, examinations for professions in the medical field and other “professions urgently needed by the government in the Covid-19 response” will be allowed if endorsed by government agencies. John Ezekiel J. Hirro