PRC Imposes Stricter Confidential Room Policy

The following is a press release dated July 21, 2010 by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC):

PRC Imposes Stricter Confidential Room Policy

Effective July 14, 2010, the Professional Regulation Commission thru Resolution No. 560 series of 2010 is re-imposing stricter rules and procedure in the Confidential Printing Room (CPR). The issuance states that the Professional Regulatory Board Chairmen and members who own the licensure subject for the day shall enter the confidential printing room together with the assigned PRC personnel; that they will only be released after one hour from the start of the only subject or the last subject for the day; that the CPR supervisor shall give copies of the test questionnaires (one copy each of Set A and Set B) to the head of the rating division in a sealed envelope at the end of every examination day who in turn shall give the copies of the subject to the Board member who owns it, the following day after his/her subject is given. The policy also restricts PRBs from answering their respective test questions while in the CPR without facing disciplinary action under the Civil Service Law or RA No. 8981 and/or its implementing rules and regulations.

The PRC confidential printing room (CPR) is one of the most important and secured places within the building of the Professional Regulation Commission. It is the place where the test questions in the different professions except the nurses and teachers are reviewed, corrected, prepared and printed by the respective chairmen and board members themselves with the assistance of some PRC personnel doing the printing, sorting and packaging of the test questionnaires.

The quarantine system in the CPR is the first line of protection and safety net to ensure the integrity of the licensure examinations from possible leakage. In fact, Resolution No. 560 series of 2010 cited that there were incidents in the past that encouraged the Commission to promulgate stricter rules inside the confidential printing room to erase doubts of collusion or leaking out of test questions and answers to examinees in Board licensure examinations.

The vulnerability of the pre-examination processes necessitate the assignment of some National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) personnel to watch and observe the activities in and out of the confidential printing room to ensure that no test questions goes out into the hands of examinees or fixers before the examination day begins.


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