Quick to respond to the news and defend the nursing profession, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) springs hope to many as they claimed that the global demand for locally-trained Pinoy nurses still remains high especially in Western countries with an aging population.
Labor Secretary Marianito Roque further claimed that it is not the because of dwindling demand for nurses abroad that is the culprit but rather the lack of adequate and necessary experience of our Nurses that actually prevents many of them from finding overseas employment.
Roque admitted, however, that the US is indeed putting a cap on the entry of Filipino nurses but he said this should not prevent Filipinos from looking at other possible market abroad for capable nurses.
Roque has been in talks with the Saudi Arabian government lately and declared that the Saudis alone is in need of 10,000 nurses for their public hospitals and they are looking for Filipino nurses to fill in these vacancies. He said there is also a growing demand for Filipino nurses in Canada as well as Australia.
Earlier it is reported that according to Dr. Leah Samaco-Paquiz, president of the Philippine Nursing Association (PNA) , the demand for Filipino nurses had “plateaued” in the US since 2006 because of the “visa retrogression” there.
“In the US, the quota for visas has been filled up resulting in delayed processing of visas with current efforts focused on 2006 accepted applicants,” Paquiz said.
She added that “many licensed nurses are now underemployed or unemployed as a result of changes of policy in destination countries, the current situation of oversupply and quality problems, among others.”
The Labor chief rebuked these claims of the PNA that an oversupply of Filipino nurses has resulted from the declining demand for nurses in the United States and United Kingdom and reiterated that the other countries of the world still demand and prefer the caring hands of Pinoy nurses.
I hope DOLE will be good in protecting the nurses interest at this point in time.
DOLE Issues Certificates to Successful Retakers of the Controversial June 2006 Nursing Licensure Exams
Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito D. Roque announced the start of the distribution of Certificates to Nursing Board passers of the December 2007 voluntary retake examination. The certificates distribution started yesterday 7 May 2008 from 9AM to 12 noon and 1:30PM to 4:30PM at the Office of Secretary Roque in Intramuros, Manila, upon the presentation of the examinee’s Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) License.
Roque advised those residing outside Metro Manila to file a claim of their Certificates through the DOLE Regional Offices nearest their place of residence or work. The DOLE Central Office shall then transmit (in batches) the Certificates within three days from receipt of notice from the Regional Office concerned.
The voluntary Nursing retake exams were conducted to clear doubts about the alleged irregularities in Tests III and V of the June 2006 Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE). The controversy has almost brought the Nursing profession down in jeopardy and made a bad impression worldwide on the competence of Filipino Nurses.
729 or 64 percent out of the 1,131 retakers passed the December 2007 examination with a passing grade of at least 75% in both Tests 3 and 5. The rest failed to beat the mark.
Roque clarified to the board passers of the June 2006 NLE that the results of the voluntary retake examination will not affect their status as licensed nurses in the Philippines. However, those who failed will not qualify for US VisaScreen Certificate issued by the US Commission on Graduates of a Foreign Nursing School (CGFNS).
CGFNS has previously announced that it would deny VisaScreen Certificates to the 17,000 passers of the controversial June 2006 licensure exams for Nursing which triggered Senate inquiries and court cases after it was exposed that some nursing review centers got leaks of Tests 3 and 5 and passed them on to their nursing reviewees to ensure passing the board exams.
The schedule of release of individual Certificates are as follows (by Alphabetical Order on Surname):
May 7, 2008 – Abad – Bendo
May 8, 2008 – Bergado – Dayawon
May 9, 2008 – De Guzman – Ganay
May 12, 2008 – Gantangco – Luna
May 13, 2008 – Lusis – Paderes
May 14, 2008 – Padilla – Saloria
May 15, 2008 – Samia – Zolina
For complete details and list of the successful examinees, visit the DOLE website at http://www.dole.gov.ph.