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Davao doctors college [June batch] letter to DOLE secretary

Tel. Nos. 222-0850 to 53 Fax: 221-1074

March 21, 2007

Department of Labor and Employment
Muralla St. cor. Gen. Luna St., Intramuros
1002 Manila

Dear Secretary Brion:


Foremost, let me thank you, on behalf of the other June 2006 PNLE passers whom I represent, for the untiring efforts you have done in assuring us a hold on our local licenses. Your efforts, as well as with the other government representatives, prove that we are not alone in this battle.

The recent release of Executive Order No. 609 signed on March 12, 2007 is proof that ours is no longer individual problems but already a national issue. However, some points in the conduct of the retake need clarifications.

While it is true that we have the option to either retake TESTS III and V or the whole exam, we believe that there are flaws in the mechanics of the retake, to wit;

1. On December 2006, 1,687 examinees were ordered by the Court of Appeals to retake TESTS III and V. To begin with, these 1,687 examinees are those who truly FAILED the board exam, but were given the chance to retake since they were erroneously declared as passers;

2. Passing the Nursing Licensure Exam requires that an examinee obtain an AVERAGE rating of 75%. Article IV, Section 15 of RA 9173 also known as Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 reads:

In order to pass the examination, an examinee must obtain a general average of at least seventy-five percent (75%) with a rating of not below sixty percent (60%) in any subject. An examinee who obtains an average ratings of seventy-five (75%) or higher but gets a rating below sixty percent (60%) in any subject must take the examination again but only in the subjects where he/she is rated below sixty percent (60%). In order to pass the succeeding examination, an examinee must obtain a rating of at least seventy-five percent (75%) in the subject or subjects repeated.

3. That we, the June 2006 passers, satisfactorily met the passing requirements stipulated in Article IV Section 15 of the Philippine Nursing Act.

4. The CGFNS, in its recommendations to the Philippine Regulatory Bodies, wants the June 2006 passers to retake TESTS III and V, and obtain a passing rating in both.

5. That by requiring us to obtain a 75% in the two tests and not averaging it with our earlier test ratings, the government drafted an executive order that proves harmful than beneficial to us.

6. That in comparison to the leverage given to those who retook the exam last December 2006, we too, deserve a little compassion and leniency in the conduct and processing of the retake.

7. That while the government subsidized the exam fees, other documentary requirements needed for the registration was on our expense.

8. That while a 1-week review is offered for free, that is barely enough to cover the very broad concepts of Medical-Surgical and Psychiatric Nursing which are the bulk of TEST III and V.

9. That a 200-item exam proposed in the retake is not comparable to the 300-item exam in the PNLE used to gauge our proficiency in Medical Surgical and Psychiatric Nursing.

10. That it is almost a year since we took and passed the board exams that a resolution to this effect is applied. Such delay has caused us too much anguish, extra mental baggage, professional stagnation and persecution from the very people in the profession.

11. That while the US is not the only market for Filipino nurses, we understand that the retake is the only way to ERASE the stigma of being a cheater associated to each one of the June 2006 passers. We are not taking the retake for the sole reason to be eligible for the VISA SCREEN. Thus, the term CERTIFICATION for VISA SCREEN should also be reviewed by your department.

12. That by virtue of the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002; Article IV, Section 15 should also be made the basis for the passing of the retakers this June and December 2007.

13. That we understand that this is only a certification procedure, not a licensure exam and that by far, no laws govern or are in absolute practice that covers the mechanics of the retake.

14. That due to clause No. 13, the mechanics of the retake should be re-written and re-approved in a way that benefits us more.

These said, we hope that clarifications and actions will be taken to address our concerns. Thank you very much for your untiring efforts in championing the causes of the Filipino workers.

Very truly yours,

Richard Erick Caballero, RN
CC: IQuAME Specialist – Davao Doctors College
PRC, MANILA, RO XI Representative – DDC BSN Class of 2006
PDI, GMA June 2006 PNLE Passer

This letter should has some valid points.

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