Senator Gordon was pushing for the conduct of the Physician board exam in Metro Manila in November.
Senator Richard Gordon was pushing for the conduct of the Physician Licensure Examination (PLE) in Metro Manila in November 2021.
The senator cited the latest COVID-19 surge projections in his privilege speech that he said showed a “window of opportunity” in November when reported cases “may go below” 20,000 per day.
“We also know that we, as a people, cherish our Christmas seasons. It is only reasonable to expect more human travel as we near toward Christmas or December 25,” Senator Gordon said.
According to him, an increased rate of human travel in December this year “comes with it the higher probability of super spreader events” that could lead to another surge of coronavirus infections.
The senator also pointed out that based on scientific projections, this representation proposed that there’s a window of opportunity “during the last two weeks of November 2021, or on November 20 and 21; and 27 and 28,” for the Professional Regulation Commission to conduct the board examination in Metro Manila.
Senator Gordon, in making his call, pointed to the latest statistics showing that the current doctor-to-patient ratio in the Philippines was only 2.5 to 2.8 doctors per 10,000 patients.
“This does not look good, especially in this pandemic,” Senator Gordon stressed.
According to him, at least 1,700 medical graduates would become doctors by the end of the year if the Physician board exam was held in November.
Senator Gordon made the appeal to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), the PRC Board of Medicine, and other stakeholders.