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SC urged to void nurse oath-taking

SC urged to void nurse oath-taking
By Jose Rodel Clapano And Sheila Crisostomo
The Philippine Star 11/04/2006

Three nursing groups led by the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) College of Nursing Faculty Association asked the Supreme Court yesterday to void the oath-taking of more than 17,000 new nurses who passed the leakage-tainted June licensure examinations.

The 39-page petition was filed through lawyers Roberto Abad and Pia Cristina Bersamin by UST College of Nursing faculty association president Rene Luis Tadle, League of Concerned Nurses president Earl Francis Sumile, and Binuklod ng Samahan ng mga Student Nurses president Michael Angelo Brant.

They also asked the SC to stop the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) from implementing the order of the Court of Appeals last Oct. 13 allowing the oath taking of the new nurses who passed the June 11 and 12, 2006 licensure examinations.

Tadle said the CA committed "grave abuse of discretion" when it ordered the immediate execution of its order last Oct. 13 denying their motion for reconsideration.

"The CA’s ruling on the nursing leakage sets a frightening precedent for all PRC board examinations where examinees can become doctors, nurses, engineers or teachers by cheating so long as such cheating is not widespread, and so long as the cheaters cannot be identified," he said.

"Letting the high scores in some subjects pull up poor scores in other subjects also violates the specific subject competency rule. The essence of the rule is that every examinee should earn a grade of at least 60 percent. The Board of Nursing cannot use the high scores the examinees earned in some subjects to pull up a failing score in one subject. But the formula adopted by the Board of Nursing with the PRC’s approval ignored this rule."

Meanwhile, the PRC swore in yesterday the five new examiners of the Board of Nursing (BON).

They are: Carmencita Abaquin, chairman; and Leonila Faire, Perla Po, Betty Merritt and Marco Antonio Sto. Tomas, members.

They replaced former chairman Eufemia Octaviana and members Letty Kwan and Remedios Fernandez who resigned in July after their colleagues Anesia Dionisio and Virginia Madeja were implicated in the alleged irregularity.

The five new BON members were nominated by the Philippine Nurse’s Association to the PRC, which, in turn, endorsed them to Malacañang for approval.

At the Department of Justice, a four-man panel of prosecutors investigating the alleged leakage in last June’s nursing licensure examinations summoned yesterday 18 officials of three nursing review centers who were implicated in the controversy.

In an interview, State Prosecutor Pedro Juan Navera said they had summoned Ricarte A. Gapuz Jr., owner of R.A. Gapuz Review Center Inc.; Evangeline A. Gapuz; Ma. Elena G. Altarejos; Elizabeth G. Ician; and Eleanor Artemia Gapuz; the officials of Inress Review Center Inc., George C. Cordero, Adela Cordero, Jerry Cordero, Corazon Sabado, MacJohn Fabian, Lolita Barlahan and Eugenia Alcantara; the officials of Pentagon Review Specialists Inc., Gerald Andamo, lawyer Glenn Luansing, Mike Jimenes, Jerome Balisnomo and Freddie Valdez.

Navera said they also told complainants Edna Marie Mallari, Anne Christine Millan and Rachelle Cyndi Erfe Ong, and witnesses Leonor Rosero, Dennis Cesar Alba Bautista, Fely Marilyn Elegado-Lorenzo, Mary Grace Marqueses, Danilo Zano III, Loraine Anne Gapate, Roxan Patdu, Maricris Paterno and Evelyn Asinas to appear before the panel at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9.

"We relied on the lists provided by the National Bureau of Investigation, and we added another respondent, Jonna Bucud," he said.

"We based our subpoena on the affidavits submitted by the complainants and the nursing students."

Navera said some names, which would be added to the list of respondents, might eventually emerge during the preliminary investigation.

"The preliminary investigation that we are going to conduct has nothing to do with the petition filed by the faculty members of the nursing school of the University of Sto. Tomas before the Supreme Court," he said.

"The SC case has something to do with the oath taking and the investigation on students who benefited from the leakage. But ours involved the source of the leakage and what will be their criminal culpability."

Navera said they will also summon former nursing examiners Anesia Dionisio and Virginia Madeja, tagged by a witness as the one who ordered her to type the test questions prepared by Dionisio at the Philippine General Hospital’s nursing service.

Asinas stated in her affidavit that Dionisio was her former supervisor at the PGH, he added.

Navera said Bucud was the one identified by University of the Philippines Nursing professor Cora Annonueva as the one who faxed the 18-page manuscript from Baguio to Manila to the Ray A. Gapuz Review Center.

Annonueva stated in her affidavit that Bucud was chosen by Ray Gapuz as a scholar in his school and served as drill master for R.A. Gapuz Review Center, he added.

Other members of the panel are Prosecution Attorneys Rhodora Salazar and Rita Seranilla with State Prosecutor Rosanne Balauag as chairman.

In a 22-page complaint filed through the NBI anti-fraud and computer crimes division, Regional Director Efren Meneses Jr. said the Gapuz, Inress and Pentagon review centers were the source of the leakage of questionnaires in the 2006 nursing licensure exams.

"We have evidence against the three review centers," he said.

Continue reading on : http://www.philstar.com/philstar/News200611040404.htm

gusto ko lang pong malaman kung yung mga board passers from pentagon, gapuz at inress ay nag oath taking din?

bakit yong iba na pinagreretake ay di naman nagreview sa inress,pentagon at gapuz;ano kasalanan nila?

at yong iba naman na pinagreretake binago ang grades nila "from passing in all counts to failing grades in all counts".

dapat magpaliwanag and prc. if not dapay lang na magretake yong mga nagreview sa iness,gapuz at pentagon.

ano po ang logic na i-connect ang retake ng 1687 sa mga nag-review sa pentagon, inress, at gapuz?

ang 1,687 ay maliwanag na bumagsak before recomputation so dapat silang mag-retake actually ng buong exam, but they were mandated to retake only Test 3 & 5... dapat magpasalamat na kayo for that 'just decision'... there's no point sour graping being included in the list of those who will retake... what u shld do is study na for retake... prepare yourself for the worse... & file petition nga if you think na talagang may 'aberration' sa computation... your lives should go on... retake or no-retake, anyway, you'll still have to study pa din for N-CLEX OR CGFNS, isabay nyo na lang yung NLE...

for those naman people na pinag-iinitan yung mga board passers na nag-review sa pentagon, gapuz, inress, how sure are you na nag-benifit sila sa leakage that's why they passed??? remember, Test 5 and 20 items of Test 3 lang ang leaked items. And these were removed in the computation of our grades, still we passed.

sino po ba ang nakitaang gumamit ng 'leakage' on the spot among those students (flunkers & passers alike) during 2006 NLE? if you have the evidence pls show it to the proper authority... they must retake!

actually, there's a way naman to identify board passers from these 3 review centers who benefitted from leakage... it's by way of statistics... the prc knows about this and so is nbi...

the best we can do is to wait muna kung anong findings ng NBI. & while waiting study, study, study!

actually, for me, the FOCUS OF THE INVESTIGATION SHOULD BE ON IDENTIFYING WHO IS THE PERPETRATOR/S OF THE LEAKAGE!
SILA ANG DAPAT PARUHASAN NOT THE STUDENTS!!!

whc s nHey, guys,

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Ok lang kung yun lang ang kakayanan natin sa pagsasalita ng english, anyway; hindi naman natin sariling lenguaje ito at meron naman tayong sariling wika. Ang hirap lang sa atin mga Pilipino parang sobrang matindi ang akala sa sarili at parang mga perfectionist na akala mo hindi nagkakamali at iba-iba naman kasi ang interest ng mga tao: meron interesado sa language, meron interesado sa math, ,meron sa politica. Pero pagdating sa ganitong sitwasyon lumalabas kasi ang pangangailangan na magsalita ka...

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