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Ex-PRC chief tagged as key to nursing leakage controversy

Ex-PRC chief tagged as key to nursing leakage controversy

By Maila Ager
Last updated 05:39pm (Mla time) 08/30/2006

A FORMER commissioner of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has been named as a possible key to the nursing test leakage during an inquiry on Wednesday at the House of Representatives.

At a joint hearing of the committees on civil service, good government, and justice, Zambales Representative Ma. Milagros Magsaysay inquired about a “source code” for the test question data banking system (TQDS), which she said could override any password or open any file in the system.

Magsaysay said she was informed that there used to be a source code, which the PRC acquired when it purchased the TQDS in 1995.

PRC commissioner Leonor Rosero said the source code was with former commissioner Hermogenes Pobre, who failed to turn it over to her when she assumed office.

“What is the reason why he [Pobre] has not turned it over? I understand that the source could override any password that could open the TQDS anytime,” Magsaysay said.

But Rosero said the program could not be opened even if the password were cancelled.

Magsaysay pressed for an answer on why the former commissioner did not turn over the source code to the present PRC leadership.

“Why was it not given to you? Because that could override the whole system. It can open any file. How come you are not using it now? Or why was it not turned over to the present PRC by the former commissioner?” Magsaysay asked.

“We kept asking for the source code but he [Pobre] could not provide us with the source code,” said Rosero.

Magsaysay proposed that Pobre be called in the next hearing of the committees.

In a telephone interview, Magsaysay said there was a possibility that whoever held the source code had access on the system of the PRC.

“What is scary is that whoever has the source code not only has access to the nursing exam but to the other examinations in the PRC,” Magsaysay said in Filipino.

During the hearing, Rosero rejected Makati Representative Agapito Aquino's appeal to reconsider a retake of the nursing exams since the House had approved a 14 million-peso allocation for this purpose.

The PRC leadership and officials of the board of nursing also rejected a manifestation by Cavite Representative Jesus Crispin Remulla for them to resign, saying they would only quit if they were proven “unqualified” and guilty.

Poor Pobre! I believe he is just being dragged into this controversy to cover up for the failings of the current PRC leadership. Bakit nung panahon niya wala naman reports of leakage?

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