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N. Mindanao nurses seek lawyers' help for case

N. Mindanao nurses seek lawyers' help for case
By Lizanilla J. Amarga

THE Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro supports the "No-to-Retake" stand taken by the Alliance of New Nurses in Northern Mindanao amid calls for June 2006 successful licensure examinees to retake the exam due to alleged massive cheating through widespread leakage.

Some 700 passers of the June 2006 Nursing Licensure Examination, nursing faculty and staff, and nursing students, representatives from the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro and other human rights groups and sympathizers staged a rally Friday.

The Alliance of New Nurses in Northern Mindanao is now asking the help of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Misamis Oriental-Cagayan de Oro led by chapter president Waldo Rebolos for legal help.

This is to make sure that the petition for the nullification of the June 2006 Nursing Licensure Examination lodged at the Court of Appeals by the University of Sto. Tomas will not prosper.

Earlier, the Provincial Board (PB) of Misamis Oriental and the City Council of Cagayan de Oro separately issued resolutions supporting the "No-to-Retake" stand of the Alliance.

Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) 10 Regional Director Estrella Malik earlier disclosed that there is no evidence that the Nursing Licensure Examination leakage for the June 2006 examination reached the region, considering that only around 42 percent or 700 of the 1,800 exam takers passed the exam given there.

"If there was widespread leakage in our region the passers would have reached at least 50 percent but only 42 percent passed," she had said. "Dito sa atin malinis naman and they really worked hard for it."


Nevertheless, over a hundred successful examinees from all over Northern Mindanao are still barred from taking their oath and from being issued their professional identification cards (IDs).

Also, the over 500 passers who availed of the earlier "emergency" oath taking administered at the PRC 10 have yet to receive their professional IDs from PRC-Manila.

Meanwhile, Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro public information officer Monsignor Elmer Abacahin Friday dubbed as "unfair" all moves to have the exam passers in Northern Mindanao do a retake of exam.

He was joined by the Archdiocesan Health Apostolate and Community Barangay Health Services with executive director Carol Abrio.

Also, human rights lawyer advocate Atty. Beverly Musni and city councilors Ian Mark Nacaya and Juan Sia all joined the Alliance's call for "No-To-Retake."

The street rally and protest demonstration against calls to have passers of the exam in Northern Mindanao retake another exam Friday was led by exam topnothers from different colleges here.

2006 Nursing Licensure Examination seventh placer Jocybel "Bing" Itorralba, 11th placer Luis Capinpuyan and Ma. Ida Rosario Adecer-Dawang went to the Provincial Board of Misamis Oriental (PB-MisOr) session yesterday to ask for such support.


The demonstration was led by the "Alliance of New Nurses in Northern Mindanao" composed of Northern Mindanao passers from Capitol University, Liceo de Cagayan University and Medina Colleges among others.

The local nursing community with Philippine Nursing Association (PNA) governor Carmencita Lubguban and PNA-Northern Mindanao president Ray Yap also joined the rally.

The passers said they passed the exams through sheer hard work and prayers. They said the leakage did not reach Mindanao and that they should be spared from any order to take the exams.

CU president Casimero Juarez and his wife Dr. Fe Juarez, clinical instructors, and hundreds of nursing students and faculty and staff from the different nursing schools in the region also attended the demonstration.


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