Philippine Professional Regulatory Board for Respiratory Therapy Established
Following a 5 year campaign which documented the valuable contribution of Respiratory Therapists to the Philippine health care system the profession is recognized and licensed by the government. The practice of Respiratory Therapy in the Philippines is now regulated through licensure examinations conducted by the Professional Regulatory Board for Respiratory Therapy (PRBRT). The establishment of the PRBRT has just recently occurred and was made possible as a result of the passage of national legislation commonly known as the “Philippine Respiratory Therapy Act of 2009”. The passage of this legislation would not have become a reality without the hard work and dedication of the members of the Association of Respiratory Care Practitioners in the Philippines (ARCPP) and their colleagues in the Emirates Association of Respiratory Care Practitioners (EARCP). Noel S. Tiburcio, PhD, RRT-NPS, Governor for the Philippines to the ICRC, reports that the inaugural Respiratory Therapy Board Examinations will be administered October 29-30, 2013. An individual successfully completing the Board Examination will be legally designated as a Respiratory Therapist Registered in the Philippines (RTRP). Mr. Tiburcio was among 100 individuals with more than 10 years clinical experience to be honored and officially registered during a July 17, 2013 Oath-taking Ceremony at the historic Manila Hotel for those RT’s covered by the Grandfather-clause provision of the legislation.