PRC to Address US Exam Ban on Filipino Physical Therapists

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The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), together with its Board of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy and other concerned stakeholders, is set to meet next week after the recent banning of Filipino physical therapists from taking their licensure exams in the United States.PRC Chairman Nicholas Lapena made the announcement to show the commission's resolve in addressing the problems caused by the ban on physical therapists from the Philippines, Egypt, Pakistan, and India from taking exams conducted by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).The FSBPT is composed of 53 physical therapy licensing authorities that conduct an annual licensure exam for physical therapists in the US."We already referred it (the ban) to the Board of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy to submit a report on the issue," Lapena said.However, despite the PRC's initiative, PRC secretariat Carlos Almelor stressed that review centers are not under its jurisdiction. Review centers, which cater to different regulated profession like nursing and physical therapy, are not controlled by any government agency.An attempt by the government to institutionalize review centers was done during the past administration through Republic Act 8981 or the PRC Modernization Act of 2000, but the Supreme Court ruled it as unconstitutional.The FSBPT issued a ban on Filipino therapists which would last not less than one year after the Philippines failed to comply with the conditions the federation set in 2007. …