PRC Suspends ‘Utang Tagging’ Policy

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MANILA, Philippines – The Professional Regulation Commission’s policy tagging professionals with pending administrative cases that prevented them from renewing their PRC licenses has been lifted.

Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma stated that Resolution No. 1558, signed by PRC interim chairman Jose Cueto Jr. and commissioner Erwin Enad, would be suspended immediately.

The PRC, an associated agency of the Department of Labor and Employment, put the tagging policy into effect under Memorandum Order No. 44.

Rep. France Castro of the ACT Teachers Party-List brought up the “utang tagging” policy during the discussion of the DOLE’s proposed budget for 2023 in Congress. This policy supposedly prevents teachers from renewing their licenses if they have unpaid debts.

Laguesma expressed that the policy burdens professionals with administrative cases.

“How can they pay what they borrow if they can’t work because the PRC won’t renew their licenses?”

Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma

According to Cueto, the PRC will review and conduct consultations to promote efficiency and fairness in its procedures.

Laguesma also reminded the PRC that it should focus its regulatory function on undesirable acts arising from the exercise of the professions. He further emphasized that the PRC should not penalize professionals simply because of their socio-economic circumstances.

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