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An Open Letter to Pentagon Reviewees and Colleagues

An Open Letter to Pentagon Reviewees and Colleagues
Taken from Manila Bulletin Pentagon Ad

Finally it was out! Daybreak of July 19, 2006, exactly 27 days after the Nurses' Licensure Examinations, the Professional Regualtions Commission released the list of successful examinees. Most of those who took the exams and waited for a long while painstakingly searched for their names. Those whose names appeared on the list rejoiced, while others continuously searched theirs to the extent of even challenging the list for typographical errors and printing omissions. And this is amidst controversy of alleged leakage and investigation. But the stark reality is that only 17,281 of the 42,006 who took the exams made it!

In January of 2006, this scenario was unthinkable. With varied expectations, our students queued to register in our review classes. Most of them are referrals from former students-- their relatives, classmates and friends. They share a common intention-- pass the board exams through the Pentagon review experience.

When the first module started, our students inspired us by their eagerness to learn. They usually come an hour earlier to discuss, to clarify points and share notes and breakfast with one another. The grueling intensive lectures were always anticipated to be informative and pleasant experiences. In unison, they would enumerate the developmental milestones and the ovulation process. They would make conceptual mapping of left and right sided heart failure. They would differentiate different communicable diseases, levels of disease prevention and the phases of community organizing. Our classrooms would reverberate with the pharma moments, defense mechanisms and principles of bioethics and research. From the lofty UE Theater, the grand San Sebastian Auditorium, the restive rooms of the College of Holy Spirit and the homey Pentagon classroom, both teachers and students would always anticipate productive learning sessions. These we recall with great pride!

In the Critical Pathway Module, we applied the concepts in question situations. Our students would take the challenge of deciphering mind-boggling questions. Slowly but surely, we would marvel at the steady development of their analytical and test taking skills. Not even the protest actions in Mendiola could hamper the students' firm adherence to the course requirements.

And in the Final Coaching, we simulated the board exams. On the first day, the students came in their white uniforms. It was a sight to behold as they underwent the tedious process of test taking. When the Integration came, our feet thumped with Ati-atihan rhythm all together to affirm our unity towards a successful outcome of the exam to hurdle. Who will forget Diana Ross, Cher, the Tahitians and Japayuki dancers? As we reviewed the concepts one by one, we saw the fruits of our efforts. That night before the examinations, the Pentagon students maintained a mild level of anxiety but beamed with self-confidence. They were prepared.

All of these are pleasant memories recalled with fondness. These are moments shared. But the turn of events was like a nightmare. The fiasco of the alleged cheating sowed uncertainty and specualtions that range from realistic to horrific. The text messages brought more anxiety than updates. Then the release of the list of successful examinees...

The Royal Pentagon Review Specialists Inc. congratulates and shares the joys and triumphs of successful examinees. Despite the questionable scoring, you made it. We take pride in being part of such successful outcome. Thank you for the trust. Your thoughts became architect of what you are now. Pagbati sa inyo!

Not all made it. The Royal Pentagon Review Specialists Inc. laments with those who are not in the list of passers. We are confident that you gave your best. But the situation turned to be against what should have been. We are with you in your great sorrow. We understand your anger over the situation. We are enraged for your devastated self-confidence, the unnecessary shame and the halt to the fulfillment of your dreams. In our hearts, we believed that you passed. We know that you studied hard and prepared for the exam. Lumaban tayo ng patas!

We empathize with the low spirits of your mentors. They too had great expectations. For long years they had done their best to prepare you. Like them we tried our best to hone you to become an efficient nurse. Ginawa natin ang lahat ng dapat!

We share the pains of your families and friends. We acknowledge their sacrifices and sufferings in your education to become a nurse. We are aware that some siblings were stopped from schooling, parcel of land leased, jewelries pawned and the tremendous efforts in having both ends meet just to complete your education. The situation deprived us of our intentions for our families and friends. Kakayanin natin ito!

We denounce this situation for tainting the integrity of the nursing profession. It shattered all of us: our organization, our leaders, the academe, the professional nurses and the students. The situation stabbed the moral fiber of our profession. It clouded trust, confidence and credibility. Saan tayo patungo mula rito?

The Royal Pentagon Review Specialists, Inc. recognizes the silent cries of Filipino people in their deplorable health situation. We condemn this situation that deprives the people with nurses who could have been responsible health providers. Hanngang kailan ito?

We cannot change the past, but on our hands rest the power of the future. Soon this situation will be documented as an infamous segment of our hisotry. Yes, but we cannot make a fast track the natural course of events. In the meantime, let us muster our ranks. To our detractors and professional rivals, we call for sobriety. Sumainyo ang kapayapaan!

For all of us, let us assist one another in healing our wounds. Let us facilitate due processes to indemnify the sufferers and rectify the mistakes.

Advocate credibility! Stand firm with truth and justice!
Uphold integrity! Condemn dishonesty!
Mabuhay ang Nursing!

The Royal PENTAGON Review Specialists Inc.
28 July 2006

Mr. Gerardo P. Andamo

Atty. Glenn R. Luansing Mr. Jerome E. Balisnomo

Mr. Michael U. Jimenez Mr. Ferdinand B. Valdez

Taken from Manila Bulletin (Pentagon Ad) July 28, 2006

Joan's Notes: For those who reviewed in Pentagon another spread was alloted for their list of successful reviewees and top performing schools. They also emphasized this tag line PURE KNOWLEDGE NO LEAKAGE!

For more information about Pentagon you can visit their website at http://www.pentagonreview.tripod.com

I know a Pentagon reviewee na umaming meron silang leakage for Test 5, about 50 daw lumabas. If really needed I can provide name/names. I wonder how these Pentagon officials can advertise such strong words as PURE KNOWLEDGE, NO LEAKAGE. GRABEEEE! Nakakapunta pa kaya sila sa kanilang respective churches or mga atheists sila. Reminder lang po, BAKA PO UMUSOK KAYO pag pumasok kayo ng respective churches nyo.

june 2005 board exam...a day before the actual exam naglabas sila ng leak.at 'patok' daw talaga.
from what ive heard sa classmate ko na nag-final coaching sa kanila this june, naglabas din sila ng leak sa test II around 80 items or so,,funny thing is kahit isa dun sa mga binigay nila alang lumabas,kaya galit sa kanila lahat ng mga students na kasabay ko nun sa testing exam.at kaya ganyan kalakas ang loob ng mga yan na magsabi ng pure knowledge, no leakage.pero kung may lumabas dyan kahit isa for sure tikom bibig nila.wag na kayong magmalinis lahat naman ng review meron nyan.

pentagon accrdg to our reviewers may mga milagro gnagawa..marketing strtegy nla: pputol nila kamay nla if d kau papasa..may leakge cguro..wat u tink?

The letter was very well written. It was in fact an open letter to all of us... I may say an eye opener for the nursing profession...

I think it is a letter addressed to all of us. Regardless if you are a person who reviewed with their review center or not, regardless if you are an examinee last June or not... The issue here is not the leakage... Although it really affected our profession but it is mainly an issue on ethics... It's quite funny to see that future colleagues rant over their own review centers... and even fight over who is the best or debate with student nurses whose review center is different from theirs... Could you not see that this issue is really not making anythng better... But still most nurses who took the recent board exams could not see the real picture... the nursing profession is slowly falling apart just because of disunity...

I am impressed on how they showed their concern especially for their reviewees. Their letter is trully a call for all of us... Especially those in the nursing profession... RN's or student nurses, or BSN's in that matter... It is an eye opener for all of us to promote honesty and restore competency to the nursing profession... Let us be one and fight for justice...

Aren't you ashamed of what is becoming of the nursing profession? I won't be surprised if in the near future, filipino nurses will be of less priority to get a job overseas...
Let us work together and reveal ourselves.... Instead of pulling each other down, let us all rise up to the challenge...

KAHIT MAGKABUKLATAN PA TAYO PAYAG KME LAHAT NA NGREVIEW PENTAGON, ALA KME LEAKAGE SARILING SIKAP NMEN LAHAT GINAWA NMEN MGAGALING MG2RO ANG MGA REVIEWR NMEN...GRABEEE..PENTAGON WAG KAU MG ALALA NAKA SUPORTA KME SENYO D GAYA NG GAPUZ LUMABAS NG LEAKAGE KAYA NGKA LECHE LECHE ANG BUHAY NTENG LAHAT NGAUN...TNX PENTAGON HINDI KAU GUMAWA NG GANITO PARA LANG SA KASIRAAN NG LAHAT NG NURSES..I HATE GAPUZ AND THEIR REVIEWEE CNIRA NYO BUHAY NTENG LAHAT BKIT KAU GANYAN??WALA KAU KARAPATAN MGSAYA MAHIYA NMAN KAU? BKA PAG NG OATH KAU MASUNOG KAU BIGLA!!!!!!!!!!!

SEE?? the above who comment? thats the work of an evil making us feel angry hatred. all i wanna say is lets not judge one another because first and foremost we dont have the right to judge such people human as we are we are sinners we commit mistakes and dont even think about to defend yourselves what we dont sin.. i myself sinned even the most sin u could even think of. my point here is lets give our trust to the lord.. the faith someday judgment day will come..

Pentagon people are hypocrites! Marketing strategy nyo na pala ngayon ang NO LEAKAGE ha? Bakit nung nag review kami sa inyo sabi nyo may leakage kayo, kesyo may connection kayo sa BON? C'mon guys, puro a tayo lokohan nito. Ang alam ko, di nga lahat ng review center may leakage EXCEPT: GAPUZ, INRESS, PENTAGON.

Ang masama kasi, ang reviewees pumupunta dun sa mga review center na may LEAKAGE. Ganyan na kababa ang morality ng Pinoy. Cheating is okay as long as you pass.

HUH! WAG N TAYO MGLOKOHAN DI2. ALAM NATIN KUNG SINO TLAGA ANG MAY LEAKAGE!PA PURE KNOWLEDGE NO LEAKAGE PA KYO! C'MON! MAY NKSAMA AKO SA EXAM GALING PENTAGON, NUNG PAGKATAPOS NG EXAM I ASK HER KUNG MUSTA EXAM SBI YA " MDALI LNG, KC UNG TEST 3 AND 5 AMIN LAHAT UN, UNG TEST 5 NGA 5 ITEMS LNG YTA UNG DI NBIGAY N LEAKAGE, MGANDA ANG MGA NGITI NG MGA TGA PENTAGON NGAYON" WAG N KYO MGSALITA KC UMAMIN N NGA ALAGA NYO! KUNG TNUNGIN NGA NAMIN CLA BT UNG ANG SAGOT DI NLA MSAGOT/RATIONALE AND SBI NLA UN KC UNG BINIGAY SA AMIN EH!!! KYA WAG KAYO MGMALINIS DYAN!!!! NO KNOWLEDGE PURE LEAKAGE!

Wag nga kyo magmalinis dyan! at wag kyo manisi ng ibang review center. if i know binabaligtad lang ang gapuz ng iba dyan kc cla tlaga ang meron...nkakasama lng ng loob kc di cla mrunong lumaban ng patas! diba nga cnabi nyo sa mga students nyo na "MAY KAPIT TYO SA PRC" so ANUNG IBIG SBIHIN NUN? wag nyo nga isisi sa GAPUZ ung mga ngyayari ngyon kc alam ntin ang 22o! aminin nyo n kc, ngmamalinis p kyo eh!!! Mgaling lng tlaga si Sir RAY, di kgaya ng iba dyan... bilib ako sa knya. Ang LUPIT mo!!! mgisa lang syaa pero TALO ANG LIMA!!!! WAHAHAHA!!!! lumaban kyo ng ptas!!!!bye!!!!

to anonymous 9:23 am.....look wat we are ryt now, yes,we are nurses yet we cant b proud of it and this bec.of the leakage issue...to hell with the master of this issue for u had ruin the nursing profession....kung gusto mo pagtapatin natin ang lecturer ng gapuz at pentagon at icompare natin ang mga notes natin bka ang gapuz puro questions from PRC dbah..kya nga marami pumsa sa gapuz...at cno ba ngayon ang nsa news dba GAPUZ...tsk tsk..d nga kyo proud na sbhin kong san kyo nag review unlike PENTAGONIANS pumasa man o hindi proud parin ganyan tlga ang PENTAGONIANS PURE KNOWLEDGE NO LEAKAGE....U CANT BEAT THE POWER OF FIVE..HAHAHAHA....LAM MO TAAS NOO PA CLA MAKA2PASOK SA SMBAHN...KC WALA CLNG DAPAT IKATAKOT O IKAHIYA..NAGTURO CLA NG TAMA AT WALANG PANDARAYA...OK....

to anonymous 9:23 am.....look wat we are ryt now, yes,we are nurses yet we cant b proud of it and this bec.of the leakage issue...to hell with the master of this issue for u had ruin the nursing profession....kung gusto mo pagtapatin natin ang lecturer ng gapuz at pentagon at icompare natin ang mga notes natin bka ang gapuz puro questions from PRC dbah..kya nga marami pumsa sa gapuz...at cno ba ngayon ang nsa news dba GAPUZ...tsk tsk..d nga kyo proud na sbhin kong san kyo nag review unlike PENTAGONIANS pumasa man o hindi proud parin ganyan tlga ang PENTAGONIANS PURE KNOWLEDGE NO LEAKAGE....U CANT BEAT THE POWER OF FIVE..HAHAHAHA....LAM MO TAAS NOO PA CLA MAKA2PASOK SA SMBAHN...KC WALA CLNG DAPAT IKATAKOT O IKAHIYA..NAGTURO CLA NG TAMA AT WALANG PANDARAYA...OK....

HOY PLASTIC KAYONG LAHAT HAHA. LAHAT NG REVIEW CENTER NAGBIBIGAY NG TIPS NA BAKA LUMABAS. BINIBIGYAN KAYO NG PRACTICE TESTS. Pero bago lang news yan buong exam, usually pa lima lima.. dahil na rin sa old questions. nasa tao yan kung papasa ka or babagsak wala yan sa TIPS. kung aasa ka lang sa tips babagsak ka. Pero wag sana plastic yung iba dyan. Pentagon at GAPUZ pareho naman kayo sikat na nagbibigay ng LEAK na baka lumabas. d ba sabi pa nga sa pentagON SIGURADO LALABAS ANG PSYCH NAMIN. sa Gapuz sikat rin ganyan. Wala na ako pake kung nakakuha kayo leak, hindi kasi ako inggitera. basta pumasa ako..sa awa ng diyos wala pa leak happy na ako.

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