The main reason for cross posting these information is for the guidance of anyone who will take the board exam. Last September 12, 2008 (Friday), I accompanied my former students to file their applications in taking the board exam. Their application was not approved because they do not have "Certificates of Good Moral Character." Due to our experience on that day, I decided to write an article to show our disgusting feelings towards some ignorant or better to say "incompetent" staff. I said ignorant/incompetent staff for the reasons that they do not even know or aware of the RESOLUTION NO. 2004 – 192 Series of 2004 (SUSPENSION OF RESOLUTION NO. 2003-132, SERIES OF 2003, REQUIRING APPLICATIONS IN LICENSURE EXAMINATIONS TO SUBMIT CERTIFICATE/TESTIMONIAL OF GOOD MORAL CHARACTER).
First, we went to the Office of the Legal Division to clarify/verify the suspension of good moral character as a requirement but the staff assigned in that Office told us to see the Head of the Application Division. So, we went to see her and said there is a resolution regarding the suspension of Resolution No. 2003-132, series of 2003 but she insisted that "Certificate of Good Moral Character" is one of the requirements.
If ever that the said requirement is really one of the requirements, they must publish it on their web site. Moreover, the No. 6 requirement which states that "Other specific requirements as required by the Commission and/or the Professional Regulatory Board" must be specified.
Thus, the following are the requirements in applying the board exam based on the PRC web site:
- Original and photo/xerox copies of Transcript of Records with Special Order and Date of Graduation with SCANNED PICTURES AND WITH REMARKS “FOR BOARD EXAMINATION PURPOSES ONLY”. View Res.2004-200. .(Graduates of government schools and institutions/programs accredited by recognized accrediting agencies under the FAAP are exempted from SO [B]) . Graduates of New Schools/Degree/Programs must submit School Recognition and/or Permit to Operate.
- Original and photo/xerox copy of NSO-issued of Birth Certificate (in NSO security paper; if NSO copy not very clear, bring copy from local civil registrar)
- Four (4) passport size colored pictures with complete name tag in white background
- Current Community Tax Certificate (Cedula)
- Original and photo/xerox copies of NSO-issued Marriage Contract in NSO security paper (for married female only;if NSO copy not very clear, bring copy from local civil registrar)
- Other specific requirements as required by the Commission and/or the Professional Regulatory Board.
R.A. 9246 Article 3 SEC. 15. Qualifications of Applicants. — Applicants for licensure examination must meet the following qualifications at the time of filing of applications:
- Good health and good moral character; and
- Graduate of Bachelor’s degree in Library Science and Information Science: Provided, That a holder of a master’s degree in Library and Information Science shall be allowed to qualify for application to the licensure examinations: Provided, further; That within five (5) years from the effectivity of this Act, holders of the following degrees shall also be allowed to qualify for application to the licensure examination:
SUSPENSION OF RESOLUTION NO. 2003-132, SERIES OF 2003, REQUIRING APPLICATIONS IN LICENSURE EXAMINATIONS TO SUBMIT CERTIFICATE/TESTIMONIAL OF GOOD MORAL CHARACTER
WHEREAS, the Commission issued Resolution No. 2003-132 series of 2003 and Memorandum Circular No. 2003-10 dated September 22, 2003 requiring applicants in licensure examinations to submit Certification/Testimonial of Good Moral Character
WHEREAS, there have been reports on the proliferation of enterprising professionals outside the Commission victimizing examinees from the provinces who do not know any professional from the city by charging exorbitant fees.
WHEREAS, there are also reports that pre-signed certificates of good moral character are also allegedly being sold outside.
WHEREAS, there are also complaints from the examinees that they incur additional expenses looking for registered professionals belonging to the same discipline who will vouch for their moral character.
WHEREAS, the Licensure Office and Legal Division find the above reasons justifiable and recommended to the Commission the temporary suspension of said requirement to have ample time to study possible means of supporting the moral character of the examinee and to prepare for the trouble-free implementation of such requirement.
WHEREFORE, the Commission RESOLVED as it hereby RESOLVES to temporarily suspend the submission of the Certificate/Testimonial of Good Moral Character until such time that the Commission will be able to come up with a better alternative or solution for its trouble-free implementation.
Let copies of this Resolution be furnished all the Professional Regulatory Boards, officials and employees in the Central and Regional Offices for their information and guidance, and to all heads of schools, colleges and universities for dissemination to their students who are enrolled in courses requiring the passing of licensure examinations.
Done in the City of Manila, this 8th day of March, 2004