If you are totally happy with your life right now and you need a dose of stress just for balance, you can always drop by PRC Iloilo. There you will hear and see all kinds of drama, excuses, and pleas. There you can also observe a variety of frowns, mouth twitches, and all kinds of body language and… smells.
I spent almost 3 days for my registration to take the board exams, about 5 days for my registration as a professional nurse in 2011, and I have been waiting for the release of my PRC ID for over a year now. Actually, months before I started to work, I bugged their office to print my ID, heck, I even tried to enter the Admin Office but to no avail. If I inquire in one of the windows in the Records section, the woman tells me to call them first to confirm if my ID was already available for pick-up. If I call the office, the receiver tells me to just inquire in their office personally. Eventually, I became too lazy to follow it up until a classmate from Elementary posted the picture of her PRC ID on Facebook. I asked about how she went about the procedure and said that she took a priority number on a Thursday and was told to come back the following Tuesday. The Releasing section serves only 150 numbers per day so if you want to acquire one, you have to be extra early, like 6 am even if the numbers will be given at 8 am.
Today, I got a Holiday off and I was already outside the office at 6:30 am with only a few people before me waiting in line. Minute after minute, a bunch of people arrived and at 7:30, the security guard was giving out some flyers.
There, yet another procedure. I was actually calm the whole time because I was ready for something worse than this. Lucky us the regional office is only in our city. I feel for those who are from Antique, Aklan, Capiz, or Negros who spend money on their fare and even overnight stays just so they can get a priority number.
PRC Iloilo has been like this for years already. I wish they could come up with something so that they can cope with their backlogs. They have caused delays and hassles in the schedules of so many professionals already.
My advice to you, fellow taga Region VI: bring a fan, towel, a bottle of water, earphones, pocketbook, ballpen when you plan to go to PRC Iloilo. Photocopy your claim slip and other documents that you think are necessary beforehand and on top of that, take a lot of patience with you. Let’s see what I’ll get after ten days!
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