GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 11 Oct) – The Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) will finally open in Koronadal City next year its fourth regional office in Mindanao.
Eddie Amir, head of the Department of Public Works and Highways-South Cotabato II engineering district, said Friday the construction of the three-story regional office building is currently underway at the Region 12 regional center site in Barangay Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City.
He said PRC had commissioned the agency to implement the project, which has a funding of P53 million under the 2019 national budget.
“[The project is] ahead of schedule. It commenced last July 2019 and is expected to be completed in March 2020,” he said in a statement.
Citing the project design, he said the building will have a deck, conference room as well as conducive and standard office spaces to cater the needs of the increasing number of professionals in the region.
He said it will have enough space to host trainings and professional examinations with a maximum of 65 examinees.
Some regional offices currently host examinations with lesser number of examinees, among them the Marine Deck Officers’ exam.
The other PRC regional offices in Mindanao are located in Pagadian City (Region 9), Cagayan de Oro City (Region 10) and Davao City (Region 11).
PRC currently operates a satellite office at the Robinsons Mall here and caters applications and renewal of professional licenses.
The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 12 pushed as early as 2013 for the establishment of a permanent PRC regional office in Koronadal City, the regional seat and center.
“Soccsksargen is among the regions in the Philippines that does not have a PRC office. Professional individuals in the region presently travel to Davao City for their licensing or renewal of licenses,” the RDC-12 said in a resolution.
The council said the opening of a PRC regional office in Region 12 “will greatly benefit local professionals, especially through reduced travel time and costs in securing and renewing their professional licenses.” (MindaNews)