PRC commissioner suspended



Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Thursday ordered the preventive suspension without pay of Commissioner Alfredo Y. Po of the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) pending the investigation of two cases filed against him for grave misconduct.

Morales said Po has been accused of soliciting and accepting bribe and of failure to account for and remit the collections intended for the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME).

The suspension will be effective until the termination of the cases but not exceeding six months.

In a four-page resolution on the first case signed on Jan. 9, Morales ruled that the evidence of guilt of Po was strong for the offense of Grave Misconduct and Violation of Section 7(d) of Republic Act No. 6713.

NBI entrapment


“The concurrence of the conditions that would necessitate the preventive suspension of Respondent Po is clearly present in this case,” the resolution said.

The National Bureau of Investigation arrested respondent Po during an entrapment operation on Dec. 5, 2012 after soliciting and accepting a P42,000 monthly commission and P394,000 in broker’s fees from lawyer Ernesto de los Santos.

Po allegedly solicited the fees in exchange for his intervention in the approval of the lease contract in favor of De Los Santos, owner-lessor of the building that will house the PRC’s satellite office located at 141 Abanao Extension in Baguio City.

The Department of Justice earlier recommended the filing of the case.

Second case

The second case was filed by the Field Investigation Office (FIO) of the Office of the Ombudsman against Po for Grave Misconduct, Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service, and Violation of Section 7(d) of Republic Act No. 6713, otherwise known as an act establishing a code of conduct and ethical standards for public officials and employees. It was filed following the conduct by the FIO of a fact-finding investigation after it received a January 2006 letter from the “Group of Mechanical Engineering Practitioners.”

In a seven-page resolution on the second case, signed on the same day as the first resolution, Morales granted the request of FIO to place Po on preventive suspension as the same “is anchored on the existence of strong evidence of guilt of Po of the present charges” in connection with PSME collections.

Missing funds


Before he was appointed PRC commissioner, Po served as chairman of the Board of Mechanical Engineering (BME) in 2005. He changed the system of collection for the November 2005 and May 2006 oathtaking ceremonies for passers of the ME Board Exam, directing that all PSME collections be turned over to him.

The total collection of P728,539.59 was delivered to Po but it remained unaccounted for and unremitted to the PSME.

PRC chairperson Teresita Mansala was furnished a copy of the order for preventive suspension for its immediate implementation.

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  • katindig

    We hope we will have more  of these kind of news specially since it’s common among judges. 

  • mrgracia

    Nakakahiya ka, Freddie. You are a disgrace to our Alma Mater!

    • Daang_tuwid3

      Bka bumangon sa hukay si Don Tomas Mapua nyan :-)

  • OleSapra aka ARGUS

    Syndicated Estafa ang forte ng judges, register of deeds kasama ang private entity Balikatan a la Delfin Lee. Ang karaniwang binibiktima nila eh mga homeowners sa buong Phl !!!

  • Rovingmoron

    Nakakahiya sa sobrang gahaman ng mga to. Di makontento kung ano ang meron sila. Luxurious lifestyle breeds corruption.

  • Horst Manure

    He should sue his lawyer for not telling him taking bribes is not on.

  • George

    can we hang this dude?

  • johnlordphilip

    PRC should be Professionally Regulated CORRUPTION!

  • Conrado de QUIYOT

    Isang maliit,makutim,masiba,at tumutulo ang laway na maging DILG  Secretary na Maligno raw ang Backer ni Po….

    • tagatabas

       Si Binay ba yun?

  • Palparan

    I-deport sa China itong mongoloid na Po!

  • Jerry_SeinfeId

    Hindi si VP Binay ang PRC dude na ito huy.. haha.  PRC license ko tigbak na wala kwenta kasi sa Pilipinas. napaka-corrupt gobyerno, pulis lalo na senado.

  • Zeezee Wang

    matatatamis ang dila ng mga PRC officials na yan. kung alam niyo lang ang sandamakmak na kalakaran dyan sa PRC.puro pati leakage ang board exams nila.di bale nasanay na karamihan sa bulok na sistema ng PRC. mga review centers sa maynila parang palengke.sinusuhulan nila ang mga opisyales ng mga review directors na yan.

    • rolando

      Nagli-leak na nga mga exams nila due to corruption (juicy talaga posisyon ng mga bulok na board of examiners), wala pang kwenta mga tanong. Take for example sa ECE board, questions either ask you of trivial information (names,dates, etc), things that are debatable if aligned sa mga CHED-approved syllabus ng general institutions offering ECE program, tests you if you memorize constants and other values that even in the ECE practice would not demand you to know from memory, problems na walang correct answer from the available choices or one that would use unfamiliar formulas never encountered by, say 99%, of the average ECE student from their curriculum, etc. Points in case below:

      1. When was the first active satellite launched? (Trivial question. Memory of the prospective ECE practitioner can be tested with more sensible questions. Moreover, In the real world, what is more important is the skill of knowing where to get the information you need and validating its certainty)
      2. What is the conductivity of mica? (Another test of memory)
      3. In the NTC memorandum circular … ? (Details of the question asking for specifics that have not even been touched in ECE Laws undergraduate subject)

      To the PRC examiners & commissioners – wag kasi puro corruption and inaatupag ninyo. You sit there and instead of diligently designing exams that will measure the real capacity of graduates to at least start practicing the profession, you wait for review center shark-owners to dangle juicy offers that you will bite into. You ask someone else to create your set of questions for you – persons who are not even connected to the profession. In return, the examinees face questions that are frustrating even to the best of them – those who understood the concepts, strong in their foundational knowledge and academic skills. And when these sets of questions reach the hand of the shark-directors of many review centers, they unethically and unabashly integrate these in special coaching sessions for a fee – at times even jamming to the reviewees’ throats to choose wrong answers just because it is what’s in the leakage.

      A student enrols in a college/institution and learns things. When he/she goes out, he/she takes the board exam and finds questions there are not aligned to what he/she learned. Sooner when he/she gets employed, learns further that a great percentage of what he/she reviewed is of very little practical use. In most cases ngayon, my own personal assessment is if a graduate wants to pass the ECE board (i can’t speak much about other professions), he/she is almost sure to enrol in a review center. The examiners & officials benefit greatly, a great many review centers benefit, and a great many graduates and later examinees fall victims.

  • Karabkatab

    Congratulations to the OMB.  Sana bilisan din ninyo ang paglitis sa mga pending cases nyo dyan, expecially those na meron nang mga COA findings.  An problema is marami rami pa ring mga tamad tapulan employees ang OMB.

  • bro. pete

    na entrap na nga suspended lang? dapat tinigok na agad itong matandang ito…ang kapmuks puro pera ang raket pala nitong si Commissioner eh…matakaw sa Commission…Ano ba say ng Malacanang sa kaso neto…parang naiwan tulog sa pansitan mga tao dyan eh…baka may malakas ng backer eto si tanda! Paging PNoy….patuwirin mo nga landas na daan nitong mamang eto…friendship mo ba ito? Its about time to show political will at hwag ng sinuhin at santuhin ang mga friendships na lumilihas ng matuwid na daan para naman makita ng buong Pinas na serious talaga campaign slogan mo, Sir…di ba sabi mo kami ang Boss mo? We’re watching your back, Sir Excellency…

  • John

    What are people doing with crooks like this Po? Justice is to slow for the people who have to shoulder the costs of his lifestyle. Isnt it proper to hang him by the flag pole upside down so he will learn who his masters (the people) are? 

  • John

    Ilang professional licenses kaa ang na ibenta nitong si Po? Ilan pa kaya ag mga kagaya nya sa PRC? Sure di sya nag iisa. Di lang sila na eentrap kaya di nahuhuli. THE INTEGRITY OF THE LICENSURE EXAMS ARE ALREADY COMPROMISED. ANY PASSER WOULD NOW BE DOUBTFUL.

  • zom

    haha buti n lng course ko di dumadaan sa PRC :))

  • Alps222004

    Senators should have guns….why they already have body guards, as does the President, Represenatives, Governors all the people involved with politics all the way down to the Barangay Captains. Why not clean up the corruption there, and you won’t need body guards nor will you need the guns.

  • J

    Mabuti at nahuli din ang intsik na ito. Pinapangit ang mukha ng PSME dahil sa corruption ginagawa. Dapat alisin na ang naturalization nito at ibalik sa mga kamaganak niya sa China. Sa Fortune tobacco dati nagtatrabaho itong siyokoy na ito at kung sa anong dahilan naging commissioner ng PRC. May kasama yan na isang empleyado ng supplier/manufacturer ng sikat na HVAC Chillers brand at dapat mahuli na din.
    Ang problema lang diyan e baka makawala pa yan. Suspension without pay lang dapat kulong sa muntinlupa habang dinidinig ang kaso.
    Kung hindi ibigay na lang sa mga refrigeration engineers upang i-freeze ng buhay at ilagay sa harap ng PRC sa refrigerated display crypt bilang paalala sa mga official ng PRC na may nangangamoy bugok na itlog na taong buhay sa hanay nila.

  • Jess

    When the guardian of professionalism is so unprofessional and even a crook, what do you say of the professionals in this country. He should not only be suspended he should be expelled from further holding office and his professional license revoked/cancelled. NAKAKAHIYA ITONG BUWAYANG ITO.

  • Ron Castanaga

    Ombudsman Morales quick reaction to punish Po for failure to account for the collected fees of successful mechanical engrs board passers is highly commendable. Mr Po should be removed from office being dishonest.  How about PRC perpetrators of the nursing board exam way back when. Are thet still on board at the PRC working as examiners?  Be consistent in punishing erring officials or else PRC is run on graft, dishonesty and abuse of authority.

  • AllinLawisFair

    If there are strong evidence to prove the guilt of the accused, his head should not be let off the hook. In our view the entrapment operation is proof strong enough. It is similar to being caught in the act.

    This Po should not only be suspended, he should not be allowed to hold government office in any capacity again. His SALN should be subpoenaed and a lifestyle check should be conducted. Any amount n excess of his legal income should be confiscated.

  • Tas

    Tanong: Why is the PRC requiring all ME’s to secure certificate of good standing from PSME before they can renew their licenses? Collection agency ba ng PSME ang PRC? Bakit nag-issue pa ng directive (or was it instruction?) si Commissioner Manzala enforcing such requirement when it was already removed by the previous commissioner?
    Kung involved ang PRC sa collection ng COGS, di ba dapat subject din sa COA ang PSME? Is COA making such audit?
    Nagtatanong lang po dahil may baho yatang nagmumula sa PRC sa sistemang ito.

    • Al

      Tas, I am AL F. Savella, PSME Lapu-Lapu Chapter President & concurrent PSME Unified Chapters of Cebu. Chair. The COGs collection is being handled by different chapters (75%) & 25% is remitted to the PSME National. PSME being an accredited APO, needs also operating funds to run a mandated organization.. Independent auditors checks the Financial Statement of the PSME. From within the Chapters, Auditors are selected to randomly check disbursements and collections. Membership including being  an officer is voluntary in nature. If you are a Mechanical Engineer, join PSME or an organization related to your profession that way you will know the ins and out of being a volunteer and you will feel the hardship of being a volunteer for your Profession. PRC does not touch any centavo from the COGs. Should you have more questions, my cell no. is 0923-5218318.
      Thank you

      • Rene Bernales

        Al, what you were saying is out of context. The issue here is the legality of the collection of COGS. Why? because COGS has become a requisite of renewing our professional M.E. licenses which is clearly illegal and violates existing law regarding renewal of our professional licenses. The funny thing is that PRC seemed to tolerate and accept this illegal practice- on the prodding of our Commissioner who is now under fire. This COGs had been suspended by previous administration in PRC, why they revived it? I don’t know. Something must be fishy around here.
        You are talking about the need of operating funds of PSME being an accredited APO. Why we have to put additional burden on our PSME members by subjecting them to pay COGS which we know is illegal? Can we not find ways to generate funds to run the organization? PSME is not a business entity. Why we need to raise hundreds of thousands to operate it?
        PSME Chapters overseas thrive on volunteerism to survive and operate. We don’t get paid here. A lot of sponsors are willing to spend operational expenses to run our business in PSME here.

        As a Chapter President yourself, you should be aware of this. It is shameful you concurred such illegal practice in our ranks when you know exactly this is not right and it is not fair.  

      • dxdaistar

         Sometimes I see some Mechanical Engineer people are so stupid. In my APO we also pay for our annual membership dues and then after three years when we want to renew our PRC IDs we are given a Certificate of Good Standing or COGS, not COGs. This COGS certifies that you are a member of good standing who paid your dues during the last three years. COGS is free and this goes to all APOs required by PRC before renewing their PRC IDs. If you don’t pay your dues during the last three years then you pay it first before a COGS is issued. Is that clear? Think before you post something…engineer ka pa naman.

  • rolando

    Mr. Po, the word ‘po’ is used by Filipinos to convey respect to people spoken to. Unfortunately, you carry a surname that is countered by your shameless acts. Di ka karespe-respeto. Nakakahiya ka. And like many of those who commented earlier, I believe marami pang katulad mo sa loob ng PRC. Board of examiners? Baka dime-a-dozen. Nakakahiya. I just wish people there would be replaced by men and women of integrity and who have a heart and real sense of concern to promote the professional sector. Many of these commissioners, officials, examiners are of age na rin talaga. The more nga lang na nakakahiya kasi walang pinagkatandaan. Wala pa sa hukay pero bulok na agad.

  • Tas

    Pnoy must look further into the case of Mr. Po. Paano ba siya na-appoint na Commissioner? Sino ba ang backer niya sa loob ng Malakanyang? Grapevine sources seem to point to pending case Mr. Po has with the Ombudsman but was ignored at the time of his appointment. Madam Morales, is that case true/resolved or still pending?

  • Opel

    commissioner nga ang buaya. commission dito, commission doon. kong d pa na entrap ang letse d pa lalabas kabuktotan nito,

  • santamaria_63

    Madam Carpio Morales pa inbestagahan mo naman ang PRC-Cebu kasi rampant yung  mga pangurakot dito. Take note that there is the so-called cooperative operating inside the PRC and I will considered that as an illegal. When we file our application for Board Exam. a charge of P965 has an OR, but another P180.00 was not. It includes metering stamp, 4 pcs. (1×1) picture, and 1 plastic envelope w/out issuing official receipts. Granting if the picture is P60.00, the cost of 1 plastic envelope (long) is P6, and the ordinary envelope is P2 the total is P68.00. I think the metering stamp is free after paying the P965 registration. Magkano ba ang maitira nila sa kanilang bulsa for P132 per applicant. Example if  there’s 100,00 nursing and 60,000 LET applicants per year it is = P2,112,000. So, ganyan ka rich yung mga kurakot sa PRC.So sino ang mga recipient dito? 

  • Noel

    kaya pala maraming engrs na walang alam dahil sa bigayan…matagal na yun ginagawa ng mga commissioners….

  • mrgracia

    Calling “Makoy”! Brod, ito si Po ang kaibigan ng tiyuhin mo, na tumulong sa ‘yo sa Davao about 15 years ago, remember? Hindi pa rin nagbabago, mangungulimbat pa rin after all those years. Ang yaman na siguro ng pamilya nito.

  • Pedro

    MABUHAY  KA  ATTY. ERNESTO DE LOS  SANTOS !  Sana  lahat  ng  businessmen  sa  Pilipinas  ay  katulad  mo, HINDI  NAGSUSUHOL  SA  MGA  CORRUPT   GOVT  OFFICIALS  TULAD  NI PO. . SA  HALIP, ISINUMBONG  PA  SA  NBI !!  .MAWAWALA  ANG  CORRUPTION  !! Teka, asan na ba itong si Po? Nakakulong pa ba sa NBI ?

  • panatag shoal

    calling ME present examiners! please lang po tanggalin nyo na ung “certificate of good standing” kuno before renewing your ME license sa PRC. i heard na ung psme qc chapter e d ng cocomply dyan. pero do not know how to do it because pag nag rerenew ako s prc mismo s morayta e s manila chapter ako ibinibilang na need to pay itong good standing na ito. ang psme magulo tlaga dati pa. puro pera lng wala namang tulong s mga ME. bwisit! 

  • Daang_tuwid3

    Mr.Po , ang lakas mo talaga mangulimbat, kaya nahati ang mga mechanical engineers dahil sa kagagawan mo. Kaya pla walang pondo ang PSME… Pwe, honorable.. Ayaw mo nang umalis sa PRC ,kapit tuko ka dyan kahit alam mo na me term ang pagiging board examiner, sino kaya nalagyan mo para i appoint ka sa gobyerno ni Pnoy? E alam ng lahat nuon pa na bata ka nina mike at GMA,kaya ka naging examiner ng ME..

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