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PIA Press Release
2006/10/10

CESOs support retake of nurses board exam

By Jessie R. Valdez

San Fernando City, La Union (10 October) -- The welfare and well-being of Filipino nurses and other Filipino professionals was foremost in the mind of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo when she ordered a retake of tests 3 and 5 of the recent nursing board examinations reported to be tainted by leakage and cheating.

This was the view of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Director Guerrero N. Cirilo, Career Executive Service Officer (CESO 2) when sought by the Philippine Information Agency here.

In ordering a repeat of the examination, President Arroyo wants to preserve the high respect international employers have for Filipino nurses and other Filipino professionals.

Lawyer Cirilo, former labor attaché, said the palatable image of Filipino workers abroad hinges on their globally competitive skills, honesty, industry, positive work values and good command of English. These make them among the best workers in the world, pound for pound, Cirilo said.

The positive image of Filipino professionals in the global market has to be preserved if we hope to see our country to continuously enjoy the OFW $12-billion yearly remittances which has strengthened the Philippine economy, Cirilo said.

Cirilo opined the employment facilitation function of DOLE and the personal qualification of DOLE Secretary Arturo Brion as legal luminary ( bar topnotcher and former Court of Appeals Justice) may have prompted the President to pick on Brion to draft the executive order directing a repeat of the nurses board examination. (PIA La Union) [top]

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