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PRC covering up nursing exams leakage -- lawyer

PRC covering up nursing exams leakage -- lawyer

By TJ BurgonioInquirerLast updated 04:46am (Mla time) 08/09/2006
Published on page A2 of the August 9, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE COUNSEL for nursing students who complained against the leakage of test questions at the recent board exams for nurses yesterday accused the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) of dragging its feet on the investigation of the controversy.

Appearing at the Senate inquiry into the leakage, Cheryl Daytec-Yangot charged that PRC sat on their complaint, complete with evidence, and conducted its own internal investigation of the leakage independent of their complaint.

Yangot told the committee on civil service, chaired by Senator Rodolfo Biazon, that she filed the complaint of the nursing students from St. Louis University in Baguio City on the alleged leakage with the PRC on June 20.

Before the complaint was filed, the students furnished the commission pieces of evidence, including review materials supposedly produced by the Gapuz Review Center allegedly containing leaked test questions, she said. The review center had denied producing the materials.

A University of Santo Tomas professor also submitted another manuscript containing 90 “leaked questions” to the commission, she added.

But on June 20, despite their complaint, the PRC, chaired by Leonor Tripon-Rosero, issued a statement that there was “no leakage, and that the leakages were a thing of the past,” Yangot said.

The counsel said they later followed up their case with the records and legal division of the commission, and found that these did not have copies of their complaint. They also sought audience with Rosero, but were ignored.

“No explanation is coming out for this phenomenon because the PRC has been whitewashing the case,” she said at the hearing.

When asked by Biazon if the PRC attempted to cover up the case, Yangot said: “Your honor, I would not say that there are attempts to cover up, they’re covering up. They’re not just attempting.”

The PRC eventually conducted its own internal investigation of the leakage, but this was independent of their complaint, according to the lawyer.

Rosero, and PRC Commissioners Avelina de la Rea and Renato Valdecantos snubbed the hearing on the grounds that the committee’s invitation did not refer to any possible needed statute that prompted the inquiry and did not state the questions to be asked.Biazon, however, said he had been furnished a copy of the PRC report recommending the filing of administrative charges against Anesia Dionisio and Virginia Madeja, members of the Professional Regulatory Board of Nursing.

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