The Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) yesterday announced it annulled the results of the theoretical phase of the licensure examinations for marine deck officers in five subjects given last June 21, 22 and 23 due to statistical improbabilities which compromised the integrity of the exams.
A total of 2,313 took the theoretical and practical phases of the exams for the ranks of master mariner, chief mate and officer in charge of a navigational watch.
In a resolution signed by Chairperson Antonieta Fortuna-Ibe and Commissioners Alfonso G. Abad and Avelina de la Rea-Tan, the PRC adopted the recommendation of a multiagency task force to nullify the exams in the five subjects with the suspect results.
On the recommendation of the task force, PRC will conduct a formal investigation of the examiner who prepared the questions for the subjects with suspect results. The PRC vowed to pursue the formal investigation and elevate the results of the investigation to the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission for the proper prosecution of the case.
Also to be investigated are officials involved in the examination for possible neglect of duty and violation of civil service laws, rules and regulations and office rules and regulations.
The task force was composed of Police Director Lucas Managuelod of the Philippine National Police Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management, as chair, and Atty. Justo Yap of the National Bureau of Investigation Anti-Graft Division, and Atty. Querubin Garcia of the Public Attorneys Office as members. The task force was created to ensure transparency and independence in the conduct of investigation.
Nullified were the results of the exams in five subjects, namely, general ship knowledge and cargo operations; safety, maintenance and emergency procedures for master mariner; safety, maintenance and emergency operations for chief mate; and general ship knowledge and cargo operations and collision regulations and maritime laws for the officer-in-charge of a navigational watch.
Aside from its own investigation, the multiagency task force also took into account various investigations and verifications conducted by a PRC special committee composed of three PRC officials and assisted by Atty. …