The Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) admitted recently that there are about 400,000 Registered Nurses in the country today that are jobless – that’s almost half a million people jobless! (Is this oversupply or what?)
PRC commissioner Ruth Padilla states there is not enough demand locally for our Pinoy nurses and only about 60,000 posts are currently occupied in both private and public sectors.
The demand for nurses has continued to decline over the past month and the government is trying very hard to bring back more demands from foreign countries including even our ASEAN neighbors. The PRC boasted that our registered nurses are still far more better in qualifications when compared to their ASEAN counterparts hence the potential for sourcing in Asia is a welcome opportunity.
But soon other countries are expected to rise as a competitor to the Pinoy registered nurses qualification. It’s not a matter of if but when this will happen. In the light of this, the government is pushing for more updated education and rigid training for all nursing graduates to keep up with the pace of the modern times and nursing requirements worldwide.
Because of fund mess up by one of the review centers in Balanga, Bataan, more than a thousand aspiring Nursing students have appealed to the PRC to grant them extension to file applications for the June 1 & 2 Nursing Board Exams. The last day was supposed to be April 18.
According to the owner of Northcap Review Center in Balanga City, Josephine Paguio, Northcap-Baguio’s Administrative Officer Vivian Lazaro did not file with the PRC the application of 1,067 nursing reviewers from Northcap branches in Central Luzon and North Luzon, 271 of which come from Bataan.
Paying P1,150 per applicant, the total amount paid by Northcap reviewers amounted to more than P1.2 million, which Lazaro did not remit to the PRC, Paguio said.
Parents of the nursing reviewees are quick to react and said their children were not at fault as they complied with the requirements. They should not be punished for the wrongdoing of a Northcap-Baguio official. Parents are the primary influence to students nowadays to take the Nursing profession and put it as the top choice for enrollees this year.
Other parents said their children suffered some form of trauma and lack of enthusiasm. Surprisingly, they did not blame the owner of the review center in Balanga City as Paguio is doing all she can to resolve the problem.
Paguio said they have filed with the Bataan Prosecutors Office an estafa case against the runaway lady Vivian Lazaro.
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.