Recognizing the urgent need for provision of immediate technical assistance to the super typhoon Yolanda-ravaged provinces, the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment, has passed Board Resolution No. 2013-785, Series of 2013, waiving the requirement for all foreign professionals assisting in the on-going relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction to have a special temporary permit (STP).

The resolution in full is titled, “Waiver of Requirement of the Special Temporary Permit (STP) For All Foreign Professionals Assisting in the Relief, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction of Those Areas Affected by Typhoon Yolanda”.

Informed by PRC Chairman Teresita Manzala of the issuance of the resolution, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said:

“I commend the PRC for waiving the STP requirement. We understand the need to be fast in our efforts to rehabilitate disaster-stricken areas. The move will translate to more hours spent by foreign professionals in assisting in the national relief and rehabilitation efforts.”

The PRC issued the on 14 November 2013, following its receipt of appeals for the waiving or suspension of the STP requirement from foreign professionals intending to practice in the Philippines, including those who are to engage in humanitarian missions, during the relief and rehabilitation period.

Under Republic Act No. 8981, or the PRC Modernization Act of 2000, the PRC is authorized to issue Special Temporary Permits to all foreign professionals intending to practice in the Philippines, including those who are to engage in humanitarian missions in the country.

The PRC now just require all local government units, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations securing the services of foreign professionals to  submit to the PRC regional office having jurisdiction in their areas the names of the foreign professionals they will engage in relief and rehabilitation.

Questions about this release? Please call PRC’s Public Information and Media Relations Section at telephone numbers (02) 310-0026 or email them at mediarelations_prc@yahoo.com.

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With reporting from Norman de Guzman, Public Information and Media Relations Section

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