The Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) on Thursday said 101 licensure examinations would be held this year to make up for the low number of exams it conducted in 2020.

In a Laging Handa briefing, PRC Chairman Teofilo Pilando Jr. said last year’s examinee turnout was only about 212,000.

The number was less than a third of the 660,000 examinees in 2019, he said.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, only 11 licensure examinations were held last year, a huge drop from 83 in 2019.

“To make up, we have scheduled 101 licensure examinations for 2021,” Pilando said.

The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases earlier allowed the PRC to push through with examinations scheduled for January to March this year.

The PRC has also reduced the capacity in examination rooms from 24 to 8 examinees. John Ezekiel J. Hirro