Thursday, September 18, 2008

Walk In Exam for Marine Officers Now in Davao!


With the increasing global demand for marine officers, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has brought the “walk-in examination system” (WES) to Davao City.

Instead of going to Manila to take exams for Officer-in-charge of an Engineering Watch, Officer-in-charge of a Navigational Watch, for Marine Engineer and Deck Officers, the applicants may simply take it here in Davao.

PRC regional director Josephine Liamzon announced in yesterday’s (Sept. 17) Ugnayan sa Mandaya Hotel the latest technology brought from central office down to the regional offices in Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao.

“This will lessen the cost of our applicants instead of traveling to Manila, now they can take the exam in those cities,” she said.

PRC XI admitted that there is a slow down of licensure exam applicants from the Davao City’s marine schools.

Data showed that of a few number of examinees who take the exams in Manila, only about 35 percent of the examinees passed. This is believed to have caused the increase in demand of Filipino marine officers from worldwide shipping.

MARINA XI Virgo Armonia bared in the same forum that fresh graduates have found it difficult to immediately land a job or take licensure exams due to the many requirements set before a shipping company hires an applicant.

“One has to undergo series of trainings and exams just to move up the ladder. That is why many of our graduates faced difficulty in qualifying for a job,” Armonia said.

PRC, on the other hand, has lessened the number of examination levels that the applicants need to take.

“Now, they only have to take one exam for operational and one exam for management,” Liamzon added.

The WES result is immediately provided after the end of the last subject. It would only take the applicant about seconds of less than a minute to view the exam results.

Applicants need only to bring birth certificate from the NSO, transcript of records, medical certificate from DOH accredited clinics, NBI clearance, community tax certificate, certificate of sea service, POEA contract, seafarer’s identification record book, and an exam fee of P900.

One can apply through www.prc.gov.ph and the portal will then guide the applicant to the step by step procedure.

Source:PIA/Mia Gevera

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