In 1948, The Philippine Association of Board Examiners, Inc. (PABE) was organized, when PRC was yet to come into being, to fill a long-felt need for an entity to bring together under one umbrella, the various regulatory boards which were created under separate enabling laws. PABE was the body charged with the task of coordinating and harmonizing the objectives of various professional boards.
On June 17, 1950, Republic Act No. 4007 was passed creating the Office of the Board Examiners, with the Commissioner of Civil Service as Executive Officer, to exercise administrative supervision over the various regulatory boards. PABE, however, realizing the need for the regulatory boards to work hand in hand towards a common approach to their responsibility of supervising and regulating their respective professions, opted to continue as an organization.
On June 22, 1973, Presidential Decree 223 was enacted creating the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). PRC has been vested with the powers and responsibilities and administering, implementing and enforcing the regulatory policies of the government with respect to the regulating and licensing of the various profession and occupations under its jurisdiction. This regulating law also mandated the creation of various Professional Regulatory Boards (consisting presently of 46 professional and specialty boards) and which vests upon these boards the following powers, functions and responsibilities.
In that same year, PABE was renamed The Philippine Association of the Professional Regulatory Board Members, Inc. (PAPRB), the only organization that remained steadfast in its commitment to fully support PRC and its officials in pursuing various activities of the Commission Proper, remaining truly loyal and bound to the PRC’s quest for professional excellence, quality service and social responsibility.
PAPRB continued to maintain its existence even after the creation of PRC and has in fact continued to be much active after that. The activities and accomplishment for the years attest to its effectiveness in raising professional standards and in keeping the exercise of the various professionals on sound ethical and technical basis.