Kwentong PRC-Iloilo: Part II
Now that you have all the necessary requirements prepared mentioned on the PART I, as well as the other things that may help you in your registration, you are now ready to go to the nearest PRC office. In my case, I have to travel from Bacolod to Iloilo. The boat ride is about an hour to an hour and 30 minutes. I’ve been to Iloilo City couple of times and still I haven’t memorized the jeepney routes and even landmark markers that will help me not to get lost. And though I am beating against time, I opt not to take a taxi and familiarize myself with the route. I asked help from my friend Dada to give me instructions on how to get from point A to point B. And here’s how…
How to get to PRC-Iloilo:
- From the port of Iloilo, you need to walk until you reach the City Hall
- Then, take a jeepney plying Jaro-CPU. The fare would be Php 8.00
- I would usually get off the jeepney after the jeepney turns right from the Plaza. Once you’ve seen Jaro Plaza Aviary or Andok’s, be ready to get off because anytime soon, the jeepney would turn right.
- Based on google map, the name of the drugstore in the corner right after the jeepney turned right is San Roque Drugstore. From there, you have to walk straight until you see a new China Bank is being constructed.
- Continue to walk a straight path, until you see Biscocho Haus. Right across Biscocho Haus is the Region VI Provincial Office of Professional Regulation Commission.
- Check out this map to guide you: click here!
Once you’ve arrived you are now ready to start your mission. Here are the steps on how to apply for Licensure Exam for Teachers. Remember keep a cool head all throughout the process. Good luck! 🙂
STEP 1: Get forms and service number. You can get this from the desk near the door. Sometimes the guard is the one sitting on that desk handing out numbers and sometimes it’s one of the office employees. For this step, you can interchange this with Step 2. You can either have your picture taken first or get a number. Heads up, sometimes they will ask you to give them one picture before giving you a service number, sometimes they don’t. Talk about glitch in the system. Anyway, you should be getting 2 forms and a numbered paper. You will get a white form if you graduated BEEd, and a pink form if BSEd. The other form is a small piece of paper that will later on determine if you have successfully registered online.
STEP 2: Have your picture taken. PRC have dress code. So make sure you are wearing something presentable, or from what the tarpaulin said, “Sunday’s best”. The dress code is simple and common sense would tell you what you should be wearing when you are trying to apply to become a professional. For starters, no sleeveless, skimpy tops and bottoms, no slippers, no jerseys, and gym outfit. For this step, you need to wear something with collar. T-shirts are not allowed in this step. And though they can provide you with blazers, they don’t have all the sizes to fit the different body types. To be safe, just wear something with a collar or bring your own blazer.
STEP 3: Buy window envelope and documentary stamp. You can get this in their cooperative, which the guard calls “Information desk”, but for us applicants we call it “canteen”. Php 60.00 for the price of both.
STEP 4: Fill up the forms. Again, read back and front before you write. You’ll minimize errors this way. Make sure you have filled up everything except for the parts that needed to be filled up by the PRC Officer. Dont forget to write in bold letters using BLACK INK. You can get the PRC RURBAN Code, Major Code, and School Code in the bulletin board inside the office.
STEP 5: Wait for your number to be called. And this doesn’t mean inside the well ventilated office. You are going to wait outside. This is going to take you a while so you can look for a spot and read a good book. In my case, I stayed in Coffee Break right across the street to read. I think that is one reason why the impatient person in me didn’t blow up during the whole process because I got away from that overly stressful environment.
Once your number is near, usually they would call by 50s or less, the guard will let you line-up near the door, and let you in once there are vacant seats. While seated, one of the officers will ask for the small white form. He needs this to check whether you have registered online or not. After checking and there’s no problem with your registration, he will return this small form with his signature. If there’s one, he will call you out and give you instructions on how to fix it. I’ve seen applicants being sent back to their school registrar to check on their school accreditations, code, etc.
STEP 6: Once it’s your turn, present your documents to the Processing Officer. How to present your documents to avoid delays: first put your number on top, followed by the small white form and the documentary stamp, next would be all photocopied documents, then all original documents, and lastly, the window envelope. The officer will check your documents and return all original copies to you. Once everything is a-ok, you will be asked to write your name and contact details on a piece of paper near the processing window, return to you your photocopied documents neatly stapled, and a PERRC (Permanent Examination and Registration Record Card). Do not leave this window if you still have questions. This is the best window to raise questions so better use it while you still have a chance.
STEP 7: Get a new number for the cashier. After you’re done with the Processing, you may now get a new number to the cashier in the desk near the door and then line-up outside the office again. This part would take too long compared to the steps 1-6. While waiting, you can fill up the PERRCard.
STEP 8: Present your stapled documents, PERRC with picture, and pay Php 900. There’s nothing really much to do at the cashier but to wait and pay. All you need to do is to show her your documents and give her Php 900, and after that she will give you the receipt and a number for the releasing window.
STEP 9: Proceed to Releasing Window. In the releasing window, you need to show her your documents again, including the PERRC, and the receipt. She will check if you have filled up everything properly. Once she is finished checking, you will be asked again to write your contact details in the paper near the window and once done, you will be provided with 2 exam guides. She will also inform you when you can get your notice of admission.
STEP 10: CONGRATULATIONS! You are now a PRC-ILOILO survivor. Now all you need to do is to wait for the releasing of the notice of admission for the LET exam. For now, give yourself a treat for being patient! Go watch a movie, or eat, or just do anything that will relax you. You deserve it! 🙂
Additional tips that you might find helpful
- Have your picture taken first before starting the process. In that way you will still look fresh, stress-free and presentable.
- Read the instructions before writing anything. In this way youll minimize errors and you are sure that all the information you have written is accurate. There are forms that the instructions are written at the back, so make sure that you read front and back.
- Always write in BOLD letters. In every form that is given to you.
- Mother’s name is mother’s MAIDEN name. There are forms that say MOTHER’s MAIDEN NAME while there is a form that only says MOTHER’s NAME. Nonetheless, they require mother’s MAIDEN name.
- Make sure that you have filled-up everything in the form. Well except of course if the instruction says that it is for the PRC personnel to fill-up.
- Be careful when asking the guard. Here’s the thing about the system in PRC. The guard will tell you to do something, only to find out that the instruction would be different with the employees. It’s like they don’t have any coordination at all.
- It wouldn’t hurt to ask or verify the next step with another applicant. So let’s say you didn’t have any choice but to ask the guard. Go ahead, you can do it. But after that, always seek a second opinion. Ask the other applicants what they have done after the next step or if you are confused with the forms, ask them kindly if they could show you how they filled it up.
- Expect the unexpected. Remember I told you from a previous post about the girl I met who wasn’t able to finish her application after because of her NSO Birth Certificate. Who would have thought that after two days of lining up, she has to come back again just because of one single document?
- Lastly, keep a cool head. Everybody is tired, stressed, tensed, sweaty, and hungry. In a crowded place like PRC, it is so easy to lose your temper and blow. I have seen the guard arguing with an applicant and vice versa, guard yelling at an applicant whom he overheard complaining about the long queues or the system, applicants ranting side by side. Negative vibes are so infectious so you better get hold of yourself. Relax and keep your composure. The line will not shorten if you yell at the guard and nothing good will ever happen if you blow. So have grace under pressure by thinking of a peaceful place. When I was filing for my application, I was thinking about home and how I am going to curl up in my bed all day while watching my favourite tv series or reading a good book. I tell you my friend, I am one impatient person and yet I managed not to lose my temper.
I hope this 2-part article helped you somehow. And if ever you have any suggestions or want to have additional tips, feel free to post a comment. In that way we can have this post updated and more helpful.
Before I end this post, please take note of these important dates:
For additional inquiries, contact PRC Iloilo
|Iloilo City||2nd Floor N.B. Building, Lopez Jaena St., Jaro, Iloilo City||Tel: (033) 3292730, (033) 3292733, (033) 3293705
Telefax: (033) 3292410
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