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39,455 New Filipino Nurses Passed the November 2008 Nursing Licensure Exams

February 27, 2009 · Filed Under Featured Articles, In the news · Comment 

The PRC finally announced the successful addition of 39,455 new Filipino nurses as board passers in the November 2008 Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE) out of 88,649 nursing board examinees or a passing percentage of 44.51%.

The NLE is given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, Sulu and Zamboanga last November 2008.

Oathtaking ceremony of the successful board passers in the said Filipino nursing examination in the city of Manila will be held before the Board on Monday and Tuesday, April 6 and 7, 2009, with morning (8:00 A.M.) and afternoon (1:00 P.M.) sessions at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.  Those board passers from previous exams who have not taken their Oath of Professional are invited to join as well.

All oathtakers must come in their white gala uniform, nurses cap, white duty shoes, without earrings, hair not touching the collar and without corsage.

Those who will register in the Roster of Registered Professionals are required to bring the following requirements:

1. Duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal,
2. Current Community Tax Certificate (cedula),
3. Two (2) pieces passport size picture (colored with white background and complete name tag),
4. One (1) piece 1″ x 1″ picture (colored with white background and complete name tag),
5. Two (2) sets of metered documentary stamps
6. One (1) short brown envelope with name and profession;

In addition to the above, new Pinoy nurses shall pay the Initial Registration Fee of P600 and Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2009-2012.  Registrants should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

BTW – Tickets for the Oathtaking ceremonies for those in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby regions will be available at the Philippines Nurses Association (PNA) at 1663 F.T. Benitez Street, Malate Manila, starting March 2, 2009.

Please see the BON website: for information about regional oathtaking schedules in your area.

Congratulations to all new Filipino Nurses!


President Arroyo’s NARS Program Brings Job Openings and Training Opportunities to Filipino Nurses.

February 12, 2009 · Filed Under In the news · Comment 

We applaud the Philippine government’s effort to launch a new job employment and training program for the Filipino nurses that is surely win-win situation for all parties involved.

President Arroyo recently announced that about 5,000 Filipino nurses will be deployed to serve as nurses to those in needs.  The target beneficiaries are the poorest municipalities which will receive at least 5 assigned Pinoy nurses each.

We said this is a win-win situation for the Filipino nurses that will be benefiting from this because the government is not only trying to give employment money (about P8,000 per month) to those in need but also give opportunities for the Pinoy nurses to train in real hospital work in preparation for the eventual work abroad.  Most employers abroad require nurses to have work experience before they accept them.

But the ultimate winners are the Filipino masses who will now be taken cared of by our own nurses at least temporarily.  We hope that this P500 Million project will be sustained by the government yearly as this is one of the best decision that the government has taken for the Filipino nurses.


Pinoy nurses and caregivers will benefit from JPEPA starting this year

January 17, 2009 · Filed Under In the news, Work in Japan · Comment 

This year 2009, Japan will recruit Filipino nurses and caregivers for training and employment under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).  This was disclosed by Labor Secretary Marianito D. Roque in a recently announced statement.

As reported in this blog last year, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Japan International Corp. of Welfare Services (JICWELS) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) providing for the recruitment of Filipino nurses and caregivers to Japan under the Framework for the Movement of Natural Persons of JPEPA, which came into force Dec.11 last year.

There have been strong oppositions to JPEPA by some local groups including the Philippine Nurses Association as they believed that this agreement between the Philippines and Japan is disadvantageous to Filipino nurses.  Other sectors that are against JPEPA are afraid that this agreement can become the “template” to exploit other Filipino professionals in exchange for good economic relations with Japan.

In defense, Mr. Roque said the MoU provides for the roles and responsibilities of the two parties and the working conditions for the nurses and caregivers that would ensure their welfare and protection. He said the hiring program would initially recruit 200 nurses and 300 caregivers whom the POEA would endorse to JICWELS.

Mr. Roque said the Pinoy nurses and caregivers will have a fully transparent employment contract and that they will receive the same salaries as that of Japanese counterparts based on similar tasks and qualifications.

Part of the agreement is to train the Filipino nurses primarily on language prior to actual deployment to Japanese hospitals working under the supervision of a Japanese “kangoshi” who will conduct familiarization activities on culture and the Japanese system. While under training, the candidates will receive allowance of not less than ¥40,000 or more than P21,000 per month.   Airfare to Japan will be shouldered by employers or the Japanese government.

Registered nurses with at least three years experience are qualified to apply for training and employment in Japan. Qualified Filipino nurses and candidates can apply with the POEA or through the agency’s Web site


Filipino Nurses are Needed in Kuwait to Help Improve Kuwait’s Health Services

October 16, 2008 · Filed Under In the news, Work in Middle East · Comment 

Filipino Secretary of Labor and Employment, Marianito D. Roque, met with Visiting Kuwaiti Minister of Health Ali Al-Barrak met this week to discuss cooperation in the providing to Kuwait the nursing and technical medical staff it needs for its health care services.

After the meeting, Al-Barrak made a statement to the Kuwait News Agency KUNA that he is very pleased with the high level of expertise in medical and nursing fields in Philippines.

The Minister said that the meeting with the Filipino Secretary of Labor focused on boosting bilateral relations and employing Filipino nurses and other medical staff in Kuwait. The Filipino official showed great interest and understanding of the Kuwaiti ministry’s needs and assured that his country was prepared to help in this issue, Barrak said.

On the other hand, Assistant Undersecretary for medical services support affairs in the Ministry of Health Dr Yousif Al-Nusif, stressed the importance of boosting health services cooperation with Philippines, to benefit from specialized human resources of high professional standards.

Al-Nusif told KUNA, “The minister of health and his accompanying delegation’s meetings with the Filipino Secretary of Labor, included discussions on bringing specialized Filipino nursing staff to Kuwait.” He asserted that the Philippines is one of the leading countries in field of nursing, as it has 450 nursing and medical care institutes.

He clarified that the lack of nursing staff in Kuwait is due to the major expansion in medical services and facilities, in conformity with His Highness the Amir’s wishes to increase hospital capabilities in the country.

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