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THE PROFESSIONAL board exams scheduled for April and the remainder of March have been cancelled to minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

Thousands of would-be test takers across eight board exams were advised by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Wednesday that it the exams will not go ahead. The PRC will announce the new exam schedules through its website and social media platforms.

PRC said in a statement that the cancellation is “(p)ursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 922 dated 8 March 2020 declaring a state of public health emergency throughout the country, and the recommendations of the Department of Health (DoH) and Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease to prohibit mass gatherings, and to further ensure the safety of the examinees and employees of the Professional Regulation Commission.”

The cancelled March exams are the Qualifying Assessment for Foreign Medical Professionals (March 14); Physician Licensure Examination (March 15–16); Medical Technologists Licensure Examination (March 18–19); and the Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (March 29).

April cancellations are the licensure examinations for Electronic Engineers and Electronic Technicians (April 1–3); Midwives (April 5–6); Registered Electrical Engineers and Registered Master Electricians (April 14–16); and Pharmacists (April 26–27). — Gillian M. Cortez