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Davao NLE passers: Give us our license

Davao NLE passers: Give us our license
By Mai Gevera

Davao City (7 September) -- About 200 Nursing Licensure Examination passers in the Davao region have signed a manifesto asking for the lifting of the Temporary Restraining Order issued by the Court of Appeals and to finally give them their license.

After months of keeping mum on the blown-up NLE 2006 leakage that has stranded more than 17,000 passers nationwide from acquiring their license and practicing their profession, the Davao passers together with their parents and school managers finally called for a "no retake".

Don't punish the innocent

"There is no leak in Davao city, in Region XI, in the whole of Mindanao and Visayas. This leakage issue should not punish us who have in no way received any leak from the imperial Manila.", said Irvin Ted Bagongon, a passer from San Pedro College.

Rumors of leaks was believed to emanate from the cities of Baguio and Manila linking the name of RA Gapuz Review Center which was rumored as the source of the leak.

In the manifesto, passers claimed that the issue seemed to have only been feasted by the people in Luzon leaving the provincial passers just waiting for whatever decision and developments made in metro Manila.

It says "in Davao city, the smoke of truth and integrity have risen from the examinees. Leaks in any form and in any way have never reached our hands."

Unemployed nurses

In a press conference held yesterday at the Philippine Information Agency, some passers voiced how they have suffered from this year's "leak issue". " We have already taken oath. But most of us have been denied from working in major medical establishments in the city due to this TRO.", said one passer.

It was bared that most of this year's passers have suffered the stigma, and some being discriminated in the workplace.

In the manifesto, the passers unanimously call for fair treatment and consideration of local hospitals and the academe.

Parents of the passers explained, " they should not just base their hiring on one examination only."

Passers said that their four years of academic and actual clinical training provided by their schools can speak more of it than the written examination.

There are about 3,000 passers in the region who are currently jobless.

On credibility and competency

While some of the Manila NLE takers stood for a "re-take" for the so-called competency issue which they seemed to be protecting foreign employers, Davao passers are one in pushing for a "no-retake"

" It is so hard for us to take the same exam again especially when we know that we did not cheat. They just don't know how hard it was for us to undergo the whole process from studying for four years until taking the exam.", said Aiza Felyn Bosio.

People pushing for a retake are banking on the competency and credibility principles saying, "we can only erase the bad image of Philippine nurses if we take the exam all over again to prove that we are competent."

" We believe that if we apply for a job outside the country, employers will not just base their criteria on one exam. PNA Corporate Secretary and Region XI Governor Roberto Palec said.

He also bared that after getting all the sentiments of the passers all over the country, the no-retake side weighed more."

As regional governor, Palec conducted a region-wide consultation in the various nursing schools to gather their respective stand on the issue.

Palec even bared that most of the protesters in Manila shouting for a re-take were actually second year students of the University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas.

" We called for a no-retake but we do not stop anyone who wanted to take the exam all over again." (PIA-XI)


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