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Only 2 portions of nursing exam to be retaken


All nursing examinees who took the June licensure examinations will only retake two portions of the exam before the end of the year with the government agreeing to shoulder the costs, President Arroyo announced yesterday

The President said only Tests 3 and 5 would be the scope of the planned retake scheduled before the regular board exams in December.

The government will subsidize the retake of the nursing exams for the examinees which is intended to restore the integrity of the country’s nursing profession, the President said.

"It’s the best decision for now," Mrs. Arroyo said in a chance meeting with a small group of new nursing graduates at Malacañang grounds

The President was inspecting the damage of typhoon "Milenyo" at the Malacañang complex, particularly near the St. Jude Church when she encountered Mark Soriano and two other new nursing graduates from Lyceum Pangasinan.

The new nurses, emerging from the church, appealed to the President to reconsider her decision about the retake but the Chief Executive stood pat in her decision.

Early in the day, Malacañang appealed to the public to rally behind a "credible and untainted" retake of the nursing licensure examinations as directed by the Chief Executive. Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said the leakage in the June 2006 nursing test should happen again so as to restore the tarnished integrity of the country’s nursing profession.

"Even as justice takes its course in the relentless probe of the leakage, we appeal to all parties to put their recriminations aside and focus on a credible and untainted retake of the exams," Bunye said in a statement.

"Let us also ensure that this unfortunate incident is never repeated. The fortunes of thousands of nurses are at stake, and we must not let them down," he added.

Bunye said the retake of the scandal-tainted nursing exams last June was the "final decision" of the President in the interest of the nation.

"We ask for full cooperation from all the sectors concerned. Her only wish is to uphold the integrity of the Philippine nursing profession which is known to be one of the best in the world," he said.

He said the nursing profession was not only a "shining symbol of the Filipino culture of caring, but our source of pride and dignity in the international community."

President Arroyo has ordered the re-examination of the June nursing tests based on the recommendation of the Cabinet members last Tuesday, ending a nationwide debate on the matter.

Meanwhile, the opposition bloc in the House of Representatives yesterday hailed Malacañang for ordering a retake in the June 2006 nursing exam, saying it was the right thing to do to address the leakage that affected the credibility of the nursing profession.

Opposition lawmakers, however, likewise raised the issue of cheating in the 2004 presidential elections, which they related to the leakage in the licensure examination for nurses.

Opposition Rep. Gilbert Remulla of Cavite said there would have been a closure to the legitimacy issue had President Arroyo also agreed to a "retake" by answering allegations that she cheated her way to victory in the last elections.

"In this rare instance, GMA showed that cheating should not be condoned. If only she treated elections the same way. She should also make a retake by facing electoral fraud charges fair and square," said Remulla.

House Deputy Minority Leader Rep. Rolex Suplico of Iloilo said President Arroyo finally showed political will in addressing the leakage issue.

"At least may political will na ang Arroyo government," said Suplico.

Reps. Roilo Golez of Parañaque and Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara, Jr. of Aurora said that although what Malacañang did was right, they still could not help but question why it took the Palace so long to favor a retake.

"It’s the right decision and the only right decision. Why it took them a long time to arrive at (such decision)? That is a great mystery," Golez said.

Angara added: "Probably a good decision but maybe it should have come earlier." (with a report by Edmer Panesa)


to president arroyo, kahit 2 part ng exam lang at kahit i-shoulder nyo pa ang exam namin, still its not easy, imagine pahihirapan mo nanaman ang mga utak namin, we should be working na and furnishing our nursing skills na.

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