PRC Relaxes its Documentary Requirements for Foreign Surgical and Medical Missioners in the Philippines

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The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), made enhancements to its existing regulations on the issuance of a Special Temporary Permit (STP) to foreign and former Filipino medical professionals who wish to conduct Foreign Surgical and Medical Missions (FSMM) in the Philippines.

According to PRC, a foreign professional who was previously issued with STP is no longer required to submit documentary requirements if his/her professional license is still valid. Instead, a photocopy of the previously issued STP is enough.

In the PRC guidelines, an STP applicant is required to submit documentary requirements such as (a) letter of request for the issuance of an STP; (b) authenticated copy of applicant’s passport as proof of citizenship; (c) authenticated copy of valid professional license issued from the country of origin; and (d) duly accomplished and notarized STP application form.

Furthermore, as an alternative, PRC is encouraging overseas Filipinos, including former Filipino citizens who are participating in medical missions to renew their professional licenses instead of applying for STP.

In practice, the FSMM is a project or an activity in which health care delivery is provided to the underserved areas and communities in the Philippines where medicines, ancillary procedures, medical/surgical interventions, and services are given at no cost to the beneficiary. FSMM employs a team of Filipino/non-Filipino health service providers, who will need to practice their profession in the country. It is undertaken in the form of medical, surgical and dental missions or a combination of all the activities.

The PRC, as the Philippine government’s agency mandated to regulate the practice of profession in the country, facilitates the issuance of STP to foreign health professionals for the practice of the profession during the conduct of FSMM in the Philippines. It also regulates the practice of the profession of overseas-based Filipino citizens conducting FSMM in the country.

In the meantime, the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), as the government agency engaged in liaising with and coordinating activities of overseas Filipinos in the Philippines, welcomes this latest development from the PRC regarding STP regulations.

The CFO pointed out that this PRC’s initiative reduces the administrative procedures for overseas-based Filipino and non-Filipino medical practitioners in the conduct of their surgical and medical missions in the Philippines. Overall, these medical missions benefit the least served and unserved areas in the Philippines which are in need of these medical interventions. They help in the Government’s objective of universal health care for all Filipinos.

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Commission on Filipinos Overseas of the Office of the President
Contact Persons: Ms. Marie del Rosario-Apattad or Ms. Evelyn C. Duriman
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