Thursday, June 16, 2022

How to Renew PRC Licensure ID (PIC) as Electronics Engineer

Updated as of June 2022

How to know the latest requirement and process on PRC License ID Renewal:
In general regardless of your profession, the best and updated way on how to renew PRC License ID is to check directly the PRC online renewal website and cross check with your profession organization (IECEP for Electronics Engineers

Major Requirements for PRC License ID Renewal:
1. CPD Units (waived until Dec. 31, 2022 due to pandemic)
2. Your professional organization issued Certificate of Good Standing (COGS)
4. Payment of PhP450 (minimum)

With the new IRR, there are now those who are exempted in accomplishing the required CPD units. The Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and newly licensed professionals are now temporarily exempted from complying the CPD requirements for their licenses.

CPD Waived for PRC ID Renewal extended until December 31, 2022.
- Due to the unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which made it challenging for professionals to comply with the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the renewal of Professional Identification Card (PIC), the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) informs the public that the acceptance of CPD Undertaking for the renewal of PIC is extended until December 31, 2022, pursuant to PRC Resolution No. 1444(A) s. 2021. For further updates, please follow PRC official website and PRC facebook page.

- For professions requiring baccalaureate degree: ₱150.00 per year or total of ₱450.00 for three (3) years. 
- For professions requiring non-baccalaureate degree: ₱140.00 per year or total of ₱420.00 for three (3) years
- A surcharge of ₱30.00 (baccalaureate degree) and ₱28.00 (non- baccalaureate degree) is added if PIC is renewed twenty (20) days after birth month.
Cost of IECEP Membership Fee for Certificate of Good Standing (COGS):
EcE Membership Fee - Php 1,300.00 for 3 years / Backdues (Php 350.00 per year)

What I did / Timeline of my Electronics Engineer PIC Renewal:
1. I booked first my PRC appointment (3 months before my intended schedule) in PRC Online because appointment schedule is always closed if just within a month. Paid PHP 1,530 (450 for standard 3 years, 1,050 for 7 years back due and 30 for surcharge).
2. For latest membership updates, visit IECEP fb page and IECEP website (for Electronics Engineers only). Follow the procedure posted there. I sent the filled-out membership form and paid PHP 3,750 (1,300 Membership and 2,450 for 7 years back due)
3. IECEP replied within minutes, I had my Certificate of Good Standing (COGS) and receipt attached in email. These files can be downloaded also in IECEP Website.
4. Printed the appointment form per item #1 above, COGS and receipt per item #3 and went to PRC branch. In less than 30 minutes I have my updated PRC Licensure ID.

How to Renew PRC Licensure ID (PIC) as Electronics Engineer (valid until 2024)

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Pasig River Ferry Joyride from Escolta to Guadalupe

Metro Manila ferry service from Escolta, Manila to Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City 11-Jun-2022 Saturday


Are you looking for an alternative and free transportation in the heart of Metro Manila? Come on now ride the Pasig River Ferry Service. Check the link MMDA Pasig River Ferry Service and facebook page for the latest schedule, guidelines and station locations for better hassle-free ferry trip.

* There are 13 ferry stations in Manila, Mandaluyong, Makati and Pasig.
* Journey is from Monday to Saturday (8am to 5pm). No Sunday trip.
* Downstream - from Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City to Escolta, Manila
* Upstream - from Escolta, Manila to Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City
* Photography and Video taking is prohibited between Quezon Bridge and Tomas Claudio Bridge (PUP)
* Passengers below 5 years old is not allowed.
* No eating, talking and no phone calls.

Note (as of June 2022)In morning, trip is between Escolta to Guadalupe only and 1st trip is 9am. Downstream trip (from Pasig) will commence in afternoon, around 4pm.

Pasig River Ferry Joyride from Escolta to Guadalupe

Sunday, June 05, 2022

Manila Bay Dolomite Beach Volunteer Clean-up

My First Volunteering in Metro Manila / June 04, Saturday 

The Manila Baywalk Dolomite Beach (approximate 500 meters long, next to US Embassy) is scheduled to open to the public on June 12, 2022. No online pre-registration is required. The Dolomite Beach will open at 6:30AM and close at 5:30PM from Monday to Sunday.

At this time, swimming is prohibited as the current (as of June 2022), ambient test results in the beach area fluctuate (depending on the station/area) between 900-1500 MPN/100 mL. A 100 MPN/100 mL test result is required for safe swimming. Testing is done weekly by the EMB-NCR.

Manila Bay Beach and Manila Bay Beach Radio will continue to co-host Clean-up Drives. If you are interested in doing your part to show your love for the beach, before and after it opens to the general public! Volunteer and join both Manila Bay Beach Joe and the beach’s growing group of volunteers!

Manila Bay Dolomite Beach Volunteer Clean-up

Sunday, May 01, 2022

3 Days Budget Solo Trip in Zamboanga City (revisited)

​7 Days Budget Solo Trip in Southernmost Philippines (Tawi-tawi - Sulu - Zamboanga City)
April 20 to 26, 2022

Southernmost Philippines day 5: Zamboanga city revisited, back to Pasonanca park and Abong-abong Hill (I was here almost 12 years ago).

Southernmost Philippines day 6: Zamboanga city revisited, short visit in Caragasan Beach and Bird Sanctuary.

Southernmost Philippines day 7: Zamboanga city revisited, at the Paseo del Mar

Zamboanga City - stayed in Kamfai Backpacker Hostel (with wifi, private toilet, a/c room PHP 600, I think the cheapest a/c room I had as backpacker). I initially visited this city almost 12 years ago, went back to Pasonanca park and Abong-abong Hill for drone videos. City stroll and food trip in Paseo del Mar. Sta. Cruz Island requires online booking, roundtrip boat fare PHP 1,000, walk-in / solo joiners not allowed. 

Day 05: April 24, 2022 Sunday
0700H ETA Zamboanga City; walk to hostel
KimFai Backpacker Hostel 2N 1,200 / Jollibee lunch 180; jeep to Pasonanca 9
1400H Pasonanca park; jeep to Abong-abong 20 / Abong-abong Hill; snacks 28
1600H ETD Abong-abong; walk back to main road
1645H ETD Pasonanca; jeep 10; dinner 140
Total: PHP 1,587

Day 06: April 25, 2022 Monday  
Breakfast 40; jeep to Recodo 40
1130H Caragasan Beach; lunch 92; jeep back 25
1630H Bird sanctuary; dinner 225
Total: PHP 422

Day 07: April 26, 2022 Tuesday
Breakfast 40; lunch 113
1200H Hostel check-out; jeep to airport 10 
1615H ETD Zamboanga; flight 5J 860
1755H ETA Manila; ​public transport to Home ​40​
Total: PHP ​203​

3 Days Budget Solo Trip in Zamboanga City (revisited)

Saturday, April 30, 2022

1 Day (over night) Budget Solo Trip in Jolo, Sulu

​7 Days Budget Solo Trip in Southernmost Philippines (Tawi-tawi - Sulu - Zamboanga City)
April 20 to 26, 2022

Southernmost Philippines day 4: My 79th Province, Sulu. Solo stroll in the capital. Local transport and hitchhike to Mang Sali's fine white sand beach

Southernmost Philippines day 4: Ten hours ferry ride at night from Jolo, Sulu to Zamboanga city for PHP 610 fare (economy bunk bed)

Sulu - stayed inside Military Camp (Sulu Peacekeepers Inn (no wifi, a/c room PHP 950). I stroll in Jolo and Parang. Again, I stayed short because of very weak data signal. I visited Maubu beach, Central Mosque and Provincial Capitol in Jolo and Mang Sali's beach resort in Parang (fine powdery white sand like in Boracay, walk-in entrance PHP10). Fare to Parang is PHP 100, terminal near the Central Mosque and market.

Day 03: April 22, 2022 Friday
1730H ETA Jolo; tricycle to hotel 20 / Sulu Peacekeepers Inn 1N 950; dinner 85
Total: PHP 2,615

Day 04: April 23, 2022 Saturday 
Breakfast 95; walk to Maubu beach; tricycle 50
1030H ETD Jolo; van to Parang 150
1115H ETA Mang Sali white beach
1200H ETD Mang Sali; hitchhike
1300H ETA Jolo; hotel checkout; lunch/snacks 260
2000H ETD Jolo port; economy bunk bed 610
Total: PHP 1,165

1 Day Budget Solo Trip in Jolo, Sulu

Friday, April 29, 2022

3 Days Budget Solo Trip in Bongao, Tawi-tawi

​7 Days Budget Solo Trip in Southernmost Philippines (Tawi-tawi - Sulu - Zamboanga City)
April 20 to 26, 2022

Southernmost Philippines day 1: On the top of the southernmostSouthernmost Philippines day 1: On the top of the southernmost peak of the Philippines, Bud Bongao 342masl 

Southernmost Philippines day 2: My 78th Province, Tawi-tawi. Morning chill walk in Bihing Tahik White Beach Resort 

Southernmost Philippines day 3: Nine hours boat ride from Bongao, Tawi-tawi to Jolo, Sulu for PHP 1,500 fare

Tawi-tawi - stayed near the market / boat pier (Rachel's Place Hotel, no wifi, a/c room PHP 1,350). I stroll only around Bongao island due to I can't stay longer because of weak data signal. I hiked the Bud Bongao, 342masl (southernmost peak of the Philippines and Tawi-tawi's highest mountain) and visited the Bihing Tahik beach resort (fine white sand, walk-in entrance PHP100). Tricycle fare between PHP 40 to 80.

Day 01: April 20, 2022 Wednesday
1200H ETD Home; Grab Car to Airport 850
0100H ETA NAIA Terminal 3; check-in; snacks 160
0400H ETD Manila; flight 5J 861
0550H ETA Zamboanga; 4 hrs transit; breakfast 60
1000H ETD Zamboanga; flight 5J 839
1100H ETA Tawi-tawi; tricycle to hotel 70
Rachel's Place Hotel 2N 2,700 (deposit 500) / Tricycle to Bud Bongao; snacks 65
1245H ETA Bud Bongao; registration fee 20
1330H Bud Bongao 342masl; drone shots
1500H ETD Bud Bongao; tricycle 50; dinner 130
Total: PHP 4,105

Day 02: April 21, 2022 Thursday 
0800H Breakfast 50; tricycle to Bihing Tahik 50 / Bihing Tahik entrance 100
1400H ETD Bihing Tahik; tricycle 40; lunch 220
Total: PHP 460

Day 03: April 22, 2022 Friday
0700H Hotel check-out (deposit 500); breakfast 60
0830H ETD Bongao; boat 1,500

3 Days Budget Solo Trip in Bongao, Tawi-tawi

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