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RA 9292: The Electronics Engineering

Law of 2004

H. No. 5224, S. No. 2683, Approved April 17, 2004

BOARD OF ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING


Res. No. 02, S. 2007

Sec. 39, Art. VIII of RA 9292 An act providing for a more


responsive and comprehensive regulation for the regulation,
licensing and practice of professional electronics engineers
and technicians, repealing RA 5734, otherwise known as
THE ELECTRONICS AND COMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING
ACT OF THE PHILIPPINES

Rule I
Short title, Statement of Policy, Definition of Terms,
Scope of Practice

SECTION 1. Rules and Regulations of the


Electronics Engineering Law of 2004 ---referred to
as IRR

SECTION 2. The State recognizes the importance of


electronics engineering in nation-building and development
*This IRR shall be integrated, construed, and carried out in
the light of the statement of Policy in Sec. 2, Art. I of RA
9292
SECTION 3. Definition of Terms

Act RA 9292

Accredited Professional Organization Institute


of Electronics Engineers of the Phils., Inc. (IECEP)
Integrated
and
national
organization of PECE, RECE, &
Electronics Technicians (Sec 32
Art V of RA 9292)

Broadcast, Broadcasting an undertaking to


transmit audio, video, text, images or signals for
reception

Commercial establishment office buildings,


hotels, and other areas for business purposes, where
electronic machines are installed/used

Communications process of sending/receiving


info/signals
between
two/more
points
by
wired/wireless medium

Computer variety of electronic devices capable of


accepting data, executing programs and presenting
results

Consulting Services services requiring adequate


technical expertise, experience and professional
capability in the field of electronics engineering

Electronics science dealing with the development


and application of devices and systems involving flow
of electrons/other carriers of electric charge

Electronics and Communications Engineer


person qualified to hold him/herself out as duly
registered and licensed ECE under RA 5734

Electronics Engineer person qualified to hold


him/herself out as duly registered and licensed
Electronics Engineer under RA 9292 and affix to his
name the letters ECE
Electronics Technician - person qualified to hold
him/herself out as duly registered and licensed
Electronics Technician under RA 9292 and affix to his
name the letters ECT
Industrial Plant manufacturing establishments
where electronic machines are installed/used,
sold/maintained
Information & Communications Technology
acquisition, production and transformation, storage,
transmission/ reception of data and info by electronic
means
Professional Electronics Engineer - person
qualified to hold him/herself out as duly registered
and licensed Electronics Engineer under RA 9292 and
affix to his name the letters PECE
Telecommunications

transmission,
emission/reception of data/info of any design/format
and for any purpose, by electronic or technological
means

SECTION 4. Categories of Practice


a. Professional Electronics Engineer (PECE)
b. Electronics Engineer (ECE)
c. Electronics Technician (ECT)
SECTION 5. Nature and Scope of Practice
a. The nature and scope of practice of ECE shall
embrace and consist of any work/activity relating
to the application of engineering sciences and
underlying principles
a. The scope and nature of practice of ECE in this
Section shall be applicable to PECE, with sole
difference that it shall only be the latter who can
provide consulting services, and to sign and
seal electronic plans, drawings, permit
applications, specifications, reports & other
technical documents prepared by himself under
his supervision
b. ECEs are not prevented from rendering design
work and providing/assuming any supervisory role
in electronics work and related documents
submitted to regulatory authorities, reviewed
accordingly sealed and signed by PECE
c. Consulting services as defined in Sec 3 Art 1 of
RA 9292 is classified herein as consulting services
rendered by PECE
d. Scope and nature of ECT shall embrace and
consist of any non-engineering work/activity
relating to installation, construction, etc.
*All subjects for licensure examinations shall be taught by
persons who are holders of valid certificates of registration &
professional id cards, or special permits issued by the Board
& Commission provided that for implementation, the Board

thru Commission shall, within 90 days from effectivity


of this IRR, furnish CHED with listing of subjects included
in the exam together with copies of syllabus for subjects for
exam
Rule II
Professiona
Engineering

Regulatory

Board

of

Electronics

SECTION 6. Composition of the Board


Chairman
2 Members appointed by President of the
Philippines from 3 recommendees per
position chosen & ranked by the
Commission, chosen from 5 nominees for
each position submitted by Accredited
Professional Organization (APO) in accord
with EO 496, S 1991
SECTION 7. Powers & Functions of the Board
1. Administer/implement provisions of RA 9292
2. Administer oaths in connection with admin of RA
9292
3. Adopt official seal of the Board
4. Issue certificates of Registration and Professional
ID cards of PECEs, ECEs or ECTs in accord with
Sec 19, Art 3 of RA 9292; revoke/suspend the
same in accord with Sec 23, Art 3 of RA 9292
5. Maintain rosters of PECEs, ECEs and ECts in Sec
25, Art 3 of RA 9292
6. Issue, suspend/cancel special permits to foreign
PECEs, ECEs or ECTs in Sec 23 & 26, Art 3 of
Ra 9292
7. Prescribe, amend or revise requirements for
licensing PECEs in Sec 18, Art 3 of RA 9292, &
considering latest technological developments, &
prepare and adopt syllabi for licensure exams in
Sec 15, Art 3 of RA 9292, and prepare
questions thereof
*Board may adopt recommendations from CHED and
Technical Education & Skills Development (TESDA)
8. Adopt program for full computerization of the
licensure exam
9. Grant registration to ECTs without exam, subject
to review and approval by Commission in Sec 20,
Art 3 of RA 9292
10. Study,
examine
&
recommend
essential
requirements as to curricula & facilities of schools,
seeking permission to open ECE/T-related courses
and to see that these requirements are complied
with; provided that within 3 years after
effectivity of RA 9292, Board shall review &
define/redefine
curricula
for
electronics
engineering
11. Inspect educational institutions & based on
findings, recommend to CHED/TESDA the
opening, improvement or closure of colleges
offering such courses

12. Adopt & administer Code of Ethics and Code of


Technical Standards of Practice for PECE, ECE
& ECT in Sec 30, Art 4of RA 9292
13. In coordination with APO, academe shall issue
appropriate Resolutions to spell out practice for
PECE, ECE & ECT in Sec 5, Art 1 of 9292
14. Promulgate & ensure strict compliance with
program
for
Continuing
Professional
Education (CPE) & development of PECE, ECE,
ECT in Sec 31, Art 5 of RA 9292
15. Prescribe minimum manning and manpower
requirements for PECE, ECE & ECT in industrial
plants
16. Formulate, prescribe & adopt such rules for
electronics installation in industrial plants
17. Study conditions affecting PECE, ECE & ECT
professions in the Philippines
18. Hear and decide violations of the Act, Code of
Ethics, & Code of Technical Standards of Practice
and issue subpoena and testificandum and/or
subpoena duces tecum to secure attendance of
witnesses
19. Delegate hearing/investigation of administrative
cases filed before it to authorized officers of the
Commission
*In cases where practice of PECE, ECE & ECT professions is
involved, hearing shall be presided by at least 1 member
of the Board assisted by a Legal/Hearing Officer of
Commission
20. Promulgate resolutions, orders and/or decisions on
such administrative cases
*Such resolutions shall be subject to appeal within 15
days from receipt thereof with the Commission. After 15
days that no appeal is taken, it shall become final and
enforceable immediately
21. Submit to Commission an action plan &
corresponding report at open & close of each fiscal
year
22. Discharge such other powers & functions as it and
Commission may deem necessary for practice of
profession
*All resolutions issued & promulgated by the Board in the
exercise of powers & functions under RA 9292 shall be
subject to review and approval by the Commission
Duties of Chairman and Members
*The Chairman shall preside at all meetings and sign
official documents involving matters & policies of the Board
*In absence of Chairman, the Members shall attend
meetings involving results of exams or questions regarding
policies of the Board
Meetings
*Regular monthly meetings shall be held and special
meetings may be held at discretion of Chairman or upon
request of majority of the Board
Quorum

All members shall attend meetings except for unavoidable


circumstances in which 2 members of the Board may be
sufficient to constitute a quorum
SECTION 8. Qualifications of Board Members
a. Citizen & resident of the Philippines at least 5
consecutive years prior to appointment
b. Be of good moral character and integrity
c. Be a holder of valid Certificate of Registration
and valid Professional ID Card as PECE
d. Be a member of good standing of APO
e. Be in active practice of electronics engineering
profession for at least 10 continuous years
f.
Must not have any pecuniary interest, directly or
indirectly, in any school/institution
g. Must not have been convicted of an offense
involving moral turpitude

SECTION 9. Term of Office


*The members of the Board shall hold office for a term of 3
years from date of appointment and may be reappointed

ONCE for another term.


*Any vacancy occurring within the term of a member shall
be filed for the unexpired portion of the term only:
Provided that, member appointed to serve the unexpired
term may be re-appointed more than once for as long
as his/her continuous tenure shall not exceed 6 years
SECTION 10. Compensation & Allowances of the
Board
*Chairman and members of Board shall receive
compensation and allowances comparable to that of
Chairman and members of existing regulatory Boards under
the Commission provided for in General Appropriations
Act
SECTION 11. Removal of Board Members
*President of Philippines, upon recommendation of
Commission, may suspend or remove any member of the
Board for neglect of duty and other violations
SECTION 12. Custodian of Board Records, Secretariat
& Support Services
*All records of the Board, including applications and cases
involving PECE, ECE & ECT shall be kept by Commission
*Commission shall designate Secretary of Board and shall
provide the secretariat and other support services to
implement provisions of RA 9292
Rule III
Examination, Registration & Licensure
SECTION 13. Licensure Examination
*All applicants seeking to be registered and licensed as ECEs
and ECTs shall undergo required exams given by the Board

in such places/dates as the Commission may designate


under RA 8981
SECTION 14. Qualifications for Examination

Citizen of the Philippines or of foreign country


qualified to take the exam in Sec 33, Art 5 of RA
9292

Of good moral character and had not been


convicted of a criminal offense involving moral
turpitude

For ECE exams: Holder of a degree of BS ECE or


such equivalent

For ECT exams:


a. Graduate of an Associate, Technician,
Trade or Vocational course in electronics
b. Has completed at least minimum 3rd
year equivalent of a BS program in
ECE
c. For undergrads of BS ECE, transcript of
records would be deemed satisfactory
SECTION 15. Scope of Examination
*For Electronics Engineers:
Mathematics 20%
GEAS 20%
Electronics Engineering 30%
Electronics Systems & Technologies 30%
Subjects covered:

Mathematics

Applied Sciences

Engineering Economics

Laws and Ethics

Electronics

Communications

Computers

ICT
*syllabi and descriptions can be found in annex A of this
IRR
*For Electronics Technicians: exams for ECT shall consist of
written and practical tests covering subjects prescribed
by the Board and cover topics specific to practice of ECTs
Filing of Application:
1. Application shall be filed together with required
documents and fees with the Commission 30
working days prior to 1st day of examination
but not later than 10 days after 1st day of
exams
2. By filing the application, it is conditional and
applicant agrees to requirements prescribed
3. Designated department of Commission shall
screen applications
SECTION 16. Ratings
*70% passing rate in each of the subjects

*If candidate obtains a passing rate in 3 subjects, with one


below 70% but not lower than 60%, shall be allowed to take
removal exam on that subject

*Current/Valid membership ID card from APO shall be


presented by the professional to the Commission during
renewal

SECTION 17. Release of Result of Examination


*within 15 days after the examination

SECTION 20. Registration with and without


Examination for ECT
*Board shall issue corresponding CoRs and Professional ID
cards to successful applicants for registration as ECTs
Rule VII, Sec III
Proofs:
a. A graduate of at least 2-year Associate,
Technician or Trade or Vocational course in
Electronics as certified by TESDA, he/she has
completed at least minimum 3rd year
equivalent of BS ECE or Electronics program
b. Rendered
at
least
7
years
(inclusive/aggregate) of active self-practice
and/or employment either in Govt/private sector

SECTION 18. Qualification & Schedule of Registration


for PECEs
a. Valid certificate of Registration and Professional ID
card as ECE
b. Valid/current membership ID card or certificate of
membership of good standing from APO
c. Certified experience record of active practice
indicating:

Inclusive dates

Companies worked for

Description of specific responsibilities

Relevant accomplishments and name

Position of immediate supervisors for at


least 7 years(inclusive/aggregate), at
least 2 years of which are in responsible
charge of significant engineering work,
from the date applicant took his oath as
ECE
*7 years inclusive/aggregate experience includes those
which have been accumulated when applicant was still
holding ECE registration under RA 5734
d. 3 Certifications signed by 3 PECEs attesting that
the experience record submitted by applicant is
factual
*Applicants may submit anytime to the Commission. Board
will then schedule an en banc oral interview
*Under Sec 18, Art II of RA 9292 those registered and
licensed as ECE under RA 5734 for at least 7 years upon
effectivity of RA 9292 need only to submit a, b & c
* Under Sec 18, Art II of RA 9292 those registered and
licensed as ECE under RA 5734 for less than 7 years upon
effectivity of RA 9292 may apply for fast track
upgrading to PECE, but will submit a, b, c & d and
undergo en banc oral interview
SECTION 19. Issuance of Certificate of Registration &
Professional Identification Cards
*CoR shall be issued to passers of ECE and ECT
licensure exams, ECEs registered as PECEs and to
ECTs Technicians registered without exam
*CoR shall bear signature of Chairperson & Members
of the Board, stamped with official seal of Commission &
Board Sec 23 of RA 9292
*Professional ID card bears the registration number &
date of registration, duly signed by Chairperson

*Above submittals shall be accompanied by individual


certifications from at least 3 registered PECEs
SCETION 21. Non-issuance
of
CoR
and/or
Professional ID card for certain Grounds
Grounds for non-issuance:

Person convicted by a Court of competent


jurisdiction of any crime involving moral
turpitude

Person of immoral/dishonorable conduct

Person of unsound mind


SECTION 22. Professional Oath
*Successful examinees and those qualified for registration
without examination shall take professional oath before any
member of the Board or person authorized by the
Commission
SECTION 23. Revocation & Suspension of CoR,
Professional ID cards & Cancellation of Special
Permits
*Under Sec 26 of RA 9292, the Board shall
revoke/suspend validity of CoR and Professional ID card, or
cancel special permit for violation of RA 9292, Code of Ethics
& Code of Technical Standards of Practice
*Rules on administrative investigation issued by the
Commission shall govern the hearing/investigation of the
case, subject to applicable provisions of RA 9292, RA
8981, PRC Res 06-342(A), S 2006, and Rules of Court
SECTION 24. Reinstatement, Re-issuance or
Replacement
*After 2 years of revocation, upon application of party
concerned for sufficient reasons, the board may reinstate
the validity of revoked CoR/Professional ID card
SECTION 25. Roster of PECE, ECE & ECT

*The Board shall prepare and maintain a roster of names,


residence and/or office address of all registered PECEs,
ECEs & ECTs, updated annually
SECTION 26. Exemptions from Examination and
Registration
*No exam and registration shall be required for foreign
PECEs, ECEs or ECTs who are temporarily employed in the
Phils in the ff cases:
a. Where no qualified equivalent Filipino professional
is available for the specific item of work to be
rendered
b. Where the conditions of the scope and funding for
the work stipulates temporary employment of
foreign professional
c. As defined in the general Agreement on Trade in
Services, ASEAN & APEC Engineer Registry
Programs and international treaties to which the
Phils is a signatory.*
*This shall include bilateral/multi-lateral mutual recognition
agreements in services that the Phils has agreed to or will
enter into provided that:
1.

2.

3.
4.
5.

6.

The foreigner is legally qualified to practice his


profession in his country in which requirements for
licensing & registration are not lower than those
specified in the Act
Work to be performed by foreigner shall be limited
only to particular work for which he was
specifically contracted
Foreigner shall secure a Special Permit from the
Board
He shall not engage in private practice on his own
account
For every foreigner contracted for work, at least
2
corresponding
registered
Filipino
professionals shall be employed as counterpart
Special permit granted shall be valid only for not
more than 6 months and renewable every 6
moths

SECTION 27. Practice of the Profession


SECTION 28. Prohibition & Limitations on the
Practice of Electronics Engineering and Electronics
Technician Profession
SECTION 29. Seal of the Professional ECEs
*All licensed PECE shall obtain/use a seal of a design
prescribed by the Board bearing:

Registrants name

Registration Number

Title
*Plans, drawings, permit application, specs, reports &
other technical docs shall be stamped on every page by a
PECE with the seal

PTR Professional Tax Receipt


Official Logo of the Board

Circular in shape

Consists of 2 concentric circles: outside 48mm in


diameter, inside 28mm in diameter

Upper part of annular space bears BOARD OF


ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING

Lower half with words PROFESSIONAL


REGULATION COMMISSION

Inner circle space has symbol atom with


nucleus and electrons at mid portion

Outer and inner ring is filled with orange with


boundaries in navy blue, text is black with
white background

Inner ring is filled with navy blue background,


atom with white, nucleus and electrons in
red
Seal of PECE as provided by Sec 29, Art IV of RA 9292

Dry circular seal consisting of 2 concentric circles;


outer 48mm, inner 32mm

With an atom with nucleus & electrons on upper


portion

Horizontal space bearing word LICENSE NO. &


just below is license number

The position of the inner circle below the


diametral space shall bear the name of the
license holder

The upper portion of the annular space bear the


words
PROFESSIONAL
ELECTRONICS
ENGINEER

Lower portion bears the word PHILIPPINES


APO sole source of the PECE Dry Seal
SECTION 30. Code of Ethics & Code of Technical
Standards Practice
*APO shall submit Code of Ethics & Code of Technical
Standards Practice within 6 months from effectivity of
this IRR
*The Code of Technical Standards Practice shall be updated
whenever necessary to conform to latest technological
standards
SECTION 31. Continuing Professional Education(CPE)
*CPE/Development Program shall be developed by the
Board, Commission and APO, in consultation with other
agencies concerned, and promulgated in accord with Sec
7(n), Art II of RA 9292
SECTION 32. Integrated and Accredited Professional
Organization
There shall be 1 integrated and Accredited PO of PECE, ECE
and ECT in the country which shall be registered with

Securities and Exchange Commission as non-stock,


non-profit corporation.

*Those previously registered by the Board but not members


of APO at time of effectivity of RA 9292 shall be allowed to
register as members within 3 years after effectivity of
this Act
SECTION 33. Foreign Reciprocity
*No foreigner shall be admitted for registration as PECE, ECE
or ECT with/without exam under the Act unless the country
of which he is a citizen admits Filipinos to practice as PECEs,
ECEs or ECTs after exam or registration

life and property of others, or who maintains


unlicensed communications system/device
Person who violates any provision of RA 9292 or
any rules, regulations, Code of Ethics, aqnd Code
of Technical Standards of Practice

SECTION 36. Assistance of Law Enforcement & Other


Government Agencies
*Any law enforcement agency shall render assistance in
enforcing RA 9292 by prosecuting violators
Rule VII
Transitory Provisions

*A foreigner who wants to take Board Licensure Exam has


to submit a letter/document signed and under official seal by
appropriate official of his country requesting Chairman of
Board and when satisfactory, he can file an application with
the documents:
1. Original/certified copy of any official document
issued by Bureau of Immigration & Deportation
allowing applicant to enter/reside in the Phils
2. Present passport for exam and photocopying of
pertinent info about applicant
3. Original/authenticated copy of TOR/equivalent doc
of course for Licensure exam from his school
4. Other docs required by the Board

SECTION 37. Transitory Provisions


*Upon effectivity on May 4, 2004 of RA 9292, incumbent
Board shall complete all pending/unfinished works within 6
months, after which it shall cease to exist

SECTION 35. Penal Provisions


*A fine of not less than Php100,000 nor more than
Php1M or by imprisonment of not less than 6 months
nor more than 6 years or both shall be given to:

Person who gives any false statement to the Board


to obtain CoR/Professional ID card

Person who presents/uses the CoR, Pro ID card,


membership ID card in APO and seal issued to
another person as his own

Person who presents/uses revoked/suspended


CoR

Person who assumes/uses/advertises/practices as


PECE, ECE or ECT or appends his name any
letters/words tending to convey that he is a
registered PECE, ECE or ECT

Any PECE/any person in his behalf who


stamps/seals any doc with his seal as such after
revocation/suspension of his CoR, Pro ID card,
membership card in APO

Any PECE who signs his name, affixes his seal in


plans, or other docs prepared by another PECE

Person, except PECE/ECE-in-charge, who signs for


electronics engineering work not actually
performed by him

Person holding CoR and Pro ID card as PECE, ECE


or ECT involved in illegal wiretapping, cloning,
hacking, or any forms of malicious electronic
eavesdropping and use of electronic devices in
violation of privacy of another/in disregard of
privilege of private communications and safety to

Rule VIII
Final Provisions

*The President of the Phils shall before then appoint


Chairman and Members of the first Board
SECTION 38. Vested Rights: ECE when this law is
passed
*ECE holding valid CoR and Pro ID card at time of effectivity
of the Act shall be automatically registered/recognized as
ECEs and issued a new one

SECTION 39. Implementing Rules & Regulations


*The Board shall adopt and promulgate such rules and
regulations for PECEs, ECEs and ECTs to carry out provisions
of RA 9292 published in Official Gazette or newspaper in
the Phils and effective after 15 days of its full &
complete publication
SECTION 40. Appropriations
*Chairperson of PRC shall include in Commissions
program the implementation of RA 9292, funding of which
shall be in the Annual General Appropriation Act
SECTION 41. Separability Clause
*If any provision of this IRR is unconstitutionally invalid, all
the rest of provisions shall not be affected by such
declaration
SECTION 42. Repealing Provisions
*All rules and regulations in conflict with any provision of
this IRR are hereby repealed/amendend accordingly
SECTION 43. Effectivity
*This IRR shall take effect after 15 days following the
complete
and
full
publication
in
the
Official
Gazette/newspaper in the Phils

*Done in the City of Manila, Phils. 31st day of August,


2007
Chaiman:
Sylvia Icasiano-Marcelo
Members:
Nestor C. Dacanay
Joel B. Bajador
Secretary of Professional Regulatory Board:
Carlos G. Almelor
Chairperson:
Leonor Tripon-Rosero
Commissioners:
Nilo L. Rosas
Ruth R. Padilla
NOTE: Refer to Radio Laws Manual for RA 5734
OTHER ECE LAWS
RA 7925 Philippine Public Telecommunications Policy Act
- Act to promote and govern Philippine
telecommunications
- Effective March 22, 1995
RA 3846 Act that provides for regulation of radio station
communications in the Phils & other purposes
RA 6849 Municipal Telephone Act
- approved February 8, 1990
RA 8981 PRC Modernization Act
RA 3396 Maritime Communications Law
- effective December 5, 1927
EO 546 law prescribing NTC
- promulgated July 23, 1979
EO 59 prescribing guidelines of compulsory
interconnections of authorized public telecommunications
carrier
EO 266 institutionalization of CPE (Continuing Professional
Education) is under PRC
- July 25, 1995
EO 467 order providing for national policy in the operation
and use of international satellite communications in the
country
EO 109 improve the provision of local exchange carrier
service
- effective July 15, 1993
EO 255 requires radio stations with music content to play
at least 4 OPM song every hour

EO 205 cable TV regulation


EO 196 vesting jurisdiction of Philippine Commercial
Satellite Corporation to NTC
PD 223 decree creating PRC
- effective June 22, 1973
DO #88 rules and regulations requiring service of ECEs in
planning & designing radiocomm equipment
BECE Resolution #3 rules and regulations governing
practice of ECE in the Phils on MATV, CATV, CCTV, Paging