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2 is better than 1: PRC, NBI team up to catch fake professionals

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By Nancy Carvajal

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) are joining forces to catch hooligans who make money as fake professionals.

The NBI and PRC will sign a memorandum of agreement (MRC) to ensure prescribed standards and regulations for a variety of professions are being complied with.

The MOA will help the two agencies step up the investigation and apprehension of impostors who act like professionals.

PRC records show that dentistry and teaching are the top two regulated professions where the number of impostors are highest.

The PRC tapped NBI for help in catching fake professionals since their actions put the public at risk.

Under the MOA, NBI can help PRC investigate complaints made by a victim or aggrieved party against an individual, regardless of nationality.

Investigation can also be initiated against foreigners who practice the regulated profession profession or occupation without being authorized by law, or without being registered with and licensed by a regulatory board and issued the corresponding license.

The NBI can also step in to probe anyone who commits any of the prohibited acts provided in the regulatory laws of the various professions.

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