PRC Renewal at SM Business Center – Electrical Engineers, Sorry You are Not Included

Being an OFW, I was not able to renew my Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) license on time. When I learned about the tie-up between SM Malls and PRC, I was very happy. I need not go to Manila to renew my PRC license. I need not endure the heavy traffic of Metro Manila and the long queue of applicants at the PRC. Not to mention that I can renew my license even on a Saturday.

I don't really know how to describe my excitement of going to the SM Mall Business center to renew my PRC license. I was actually the first customer. The guard at the door pointed my to the right counter. I told the SM personnel that I was there to renew my PRC license. She asked me my profession and I said Professional Electrical Engineer. She told me with hesitation that SM Malls process all PRC licenses except Electrical Engineers. What? Is this a discrimination to Electrical Engineers? What are the Board of Electrical Engineers (BEE) thinking?

Sorry Electrical Engineers, you are not included in the agreement between PRC and SM Malls.

A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) - Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) - Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).