“Kapag may tiyaga, may nilaga.”
Nobody knows this better than OFWs who sacrifice being away from family to make their lives better.
Despite their busy schedules, more and more OFWs are making time to take the Special Professional Licensure Board Examinations (SPLBE) conducted onsite by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC). It is open to OFWs who want to get licensed as Architects, Certified Public Accountants, Civil Engineers, Electronic Engineers, and Nurses among others.
Away from home, our OFWs manage to seriously prepare for the exams, the inspiration of which came from their families back home. This only shows our OFWs determination and resolve to improve their lives by becoming licensed professionals.
Passing the exams open several opportunities for our OFWs at the worksite as well as back home. They look forward to promotions, better employment packages, and company recognition. This could also be an opportunity for them to practice their profession in their communities back home and be with their families.
Indeed their numbers are growing. In the Middle East, 640 OFWs took the SPLBE in 2014. Also that year, a total of 276 passed the Architecture Licensure Exam (ALE). Two Hundred Sixty-Four (264) of those who passed across all licensure exams came from the UAE alone. Among them, 7 topped the list of new professionals in all disciplines.
This year, the exams in the Middle East would be held on September 15, 16, and 17. Testing centers are designated in Doha in Qatar, Riyadh, Jeddah, Al-Khobar, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
The OFWs in Dubai asked the PRC to open a testing center there to do away with paying for hotels and commuting to the exam venue, thus easing the stress of taking the SPLBEs. This would be a smart move as, according to the Philippine Consul-General Paul Raymund Cortes, 90% of the SPLBE examinees are in Dubai.
For those planning to get licensed you may visit: http://prc.gov.ph/news/?id=4183 for the complete list of licensure exams, requirements, and deadlines.
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