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Palace won’t intervene in nursing leak row--spokesman

Palace won’t intervene in nursing leak row--spokesman

By Veronica Uy, Lira Dalangin-Fernandez
Last updated 05:25pm (Mla time) 08/18/2006

(UPDATE) DESPITE a formal appeal by a group of nursing school deans, Malacañang will not intervene in the controversy surrounding the 2006 nursing licensure examination, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s spokesman said Friday.

Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said they believed that the situation was under control by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

"Our assessment is that the situation is under control and the PRC has the situation under control, so there's no need at this time for the Palace to intervene," Bunye said in a news briefing.

Marco Antonio Sto. Tomas, vice president of the Association of Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing, told earlier in the day that his group hand-carried a letter-appeal to the President asking her to accept the resignation of the seven-member Board of Nursing of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), which allegedly mishandled the last licensure exams.

"Our second recommendation is for Malacañang to constitute a caretaker board from now until December so that the December exams may be prepared," Sto. Tomas said.

"This will give the Philippine Nurses Association, the nominating body to the PRC-BON, to screen and select the best nominees," he added.

Sto. Tomas said members of the caretaker board could be nominated from past members who were still able.

The dean lamented the fact that many of those who passed the tainted June exams were now taking their oaths.

"If and when the courts decide that the decision of the PRC to proceed with the oath-taking despite the unresolved issues is illegal, mas madugo yun [it would be bloodier]. Licenses will be revoked, mas malaki lang ang apoy [it will be a bigger fire]. Our position remains the same: defer all actions until the investigations are finished," Sto. Tomas said.


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