how to become a professional in the Philippines

Philippines
November 9, 2008 11:27pm CST
This is a very true story of how one becomes a professional in the Philippines (don't get me wrong I love my country but I really hate going to PRC, and this is exactly why) Upon applying to take my local board exams, my classmates and I arranged what time we would all be meeting each other there...some actually suggested to stay the night there and some to arrive at like 1 am. Some really took this seriously and arrived there at 4 am. PRC opens at 8 am. I arrived at around 5 am then and you won't believe the length of the line i found there. There was no end or it really seemed like that. Good thing I found friends. So at 8 am they let people in and we started to move, about a meter or so every 15-30 mins. Seriously, we got in at about 9-10 am?, after having waited for like how many hours. That was applying for the board exams. After passing the boards, i had to go there again and again, i never failed to get lost though it's not like the biggest campus in the U-belt area. And there were always the lines! I mean, don't get me wrong i can make myself be patient and wait in line but the thing is at PRC sometimes you just can't tell where you're supposed to line up! It's crazy. You go there once and you come out again relieved and thinking that 'maybe' you might just survive another day in there and you go in again the second time and it's just like the first... I guess I just hate being lost and not knowing what I'm going to do and where I'm supposed to go... But that doesn't erase the fact that it's really chaotic in there. There are just so many people and so many lines.. That's how you become professional.. You just have to deal with all the chaos in there just to register in your profession and get your license. Make sure you wear comfortable clothes, flat shoes and bring water, a handkerchief and a fan.. It's sure going to be uncomfortable, hot and stuffy.
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@nimnim74 (251)
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
My location is in Cebu, we also have PRC office here but not as chaotic as you describe in your discussion, probably we have lesser population than in metro manila. But there are some government offices like what you describe, here in Cebu it's the DFA and the SSS office you will experience almost the same as what you described.
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
Don't forget LTO---the worst.
• Philippines
11 Nov 08
It's a good thing that you didn't experience these things. Hehe. Hope the government will take action on this. Really hoping.
@anikakim (364)
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
I can relate with you. I'm a nursing graduate, due to increase population of nurses in the Philippines. But now in Davao City they have good system and a bigger place to accommodate the applicants. The problem is? If you got passed the local board Exam. It's really hard to look for a job. Now I'm a call center Agent but I'm broad of it because I serve the people of Davao city 911.
• Philippines
11 Nov 08
Oh! I'm a nursing graduate too. And yes, there is the so-called 'freeze hiring' with almost all the hospitals here. It's a sad thing that many can't at least practice their profession. Many of my friends opted to apply in call centers too. Happy posting!
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
Wow! Has it become that bad? I registered in PRC some eight years ago and I actually believed PRC is one of the most efficient government offices in the Philippines (now, I'm reminded of LTO). Anyway, it might be because I registered in Cebu or it might just be that we didn't have a lot of registrants in those days.
• Philippines
11 Nov 08
Yup, maybe because there is really a boom in no. of students taking up nursing here in the Philippines. And I think the PRC there in Cebu is better than here in Manila, though i haven't got there. ^___^ Thanks for the comment!
@JOIEMARVIC (2342)
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
That is really tru in the case here in the Philippines.I guess the goverment should provide additional PRC branches here in Manila since there are really many graduates seeking for a professional lisence here.The place really gets pretty cqowded during time of applications for everything.They should also get a bigger place for the building.
• Philippines
11 Nov 08
Yep, that's right. The government should really have a system. A well-organized system that is. Haha! Thanks for the comment.
@katrhina23 (1282)
• United States
11 Nov 08
One really needs to be very patient. I once experienced that there at the PRC. I arrived at 7 am and I was at the next block after the gate. And I actually went to the gate and asked each one of those that were near the gate and they said that was the line going inside. When finally I was already inside, there were some more lines going to your repective profession. I had to go to other buildings to have signature and etc etc etc.. One really has to be patient when you want to go there. I promised myself I wont go there during summertime becasue those were the times when people from the provinces will go to manila and get or apply for their licenses. I just hope they will have the online application, or some branches that would cater the ones from the provinces.
@eulast (9)
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
I think the real challenge is how we will find a job that will suit our qualifications and will not just end up as a factory workers or a call center agents, just like some of my cousins who end up becoming a factory worker.
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
We are a third world country or a developing country if that sounds better. So everything is really slow. I was watching CNN on November 4th and was surprised to realize how quick the US elections are. Everything there is automated, so it's easier and faster to get things done. In our country, you have to wait in line for everything, which is why sometimes people just try to circumvent the law by bribing officials and those in power. It seems like a never-ending circle that we're poor because of our old fashioned system. But at the same time, we don't have funds to become technologically advanced, so we just remain poor...