Global Medical Solution delegates with Nestor, Sherwin and Jazz


Donation: Dawnray Manalo of Abba, hands over donation of school supplies to Ms. Arsenia Asis of North Fairview Elementary School


Representatives from PSCC (Prince Sultan Cardiac Center) pose with Abba's Verna, Diane, Sherwin and Nestor



The NLE (Nurse Licensure Exams) , of May 2015 has earned two distinctive records: it's the exam month with the fewest number of takers in the last 11 years, and the exam month with the second highest passing rate since December 2004. Passing rate is the number of passers divided by the number of takers.

In the May 2015 NLE, there were 17,891 takers, out of whom 9,707 passed. The number of takers is the fewest since December 2004, when there were 12,100 exam takers.

The passing rate for the May 2015 NLE is 54.3%, making it the second highest since December 2004. The highest passing rate was in December 2014, with passing rate of 57.3%.

The number of NLE takers actually started tapering off in July 2011, and has hit the lowest in May 2015. There had been fewer nurse-graduates every year since 2011, and consequently fewer number of takers for the NLE, the Philippines Board exams for nurses . For details, please click here.


The number of Filipino RN's taking the NCLEX had been the same in the last three years, settling down at about 4,000 takers per year. There were 4,580 takers in 2014, 4,034 in 2013, and 3,673 in 2012.

Passing the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is a prerequisite in the licensure process for nurses who plan to work in the U.S. It is administered by the NCBSN (National Council of State Board of Nursing).

The NCLEX is given in many countries, including the Philippines. At one time, there were 33,768 takers all over the world, with 21,499 takers coming from the Philippines. That was the year 2007, when there were no visa restrictions yet for foreign nurses in the U.S.

Starting 2008, there was a tapering off of NCLEX takers, and up to the present. Despite the low numbers, the Filipino RN's still comprise the largest number of NCLEX takers. In 2014, the Philippines had 58.79% of the total, followed by India, Canada, Puerto Rico, and South Korea.

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Two representatives from Abba Personnel Services delivered a lecture on March 22 to an audience at the Philippine Women's University on the topic "Current Trends and issues on Migrant Nurses".

Marc Dupaya, Abba's Recruitment Manager, highlighted the increasing demand for Filipino nurses in the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia and the United Emirates. She predicted that Saudi Arabia will continue to be the main destination for Filipino healthcare workers, as government hospitals in the Kingdom continue to expand their services.

Sonia Fernando, Abba's Resident Nurse Consultant, talked about the additional documentary requirements for Filipino nurses, and the licensing requirements imposed by most countries in the Middle East for foreign nurses.


Abba received it POEA's "Award of Excellence" in ceremonies held in Malacanang on February 10. President Aquino conferred the awards on several recruitment agencies, sea-based and land based, in the presence of diplomatic and other government officials.

Abba was represented by Marc Dupaya, Joy Arnibal, Bonna Magno, and Nestor Flores.

It is the fourth such ceremony for POEA since 2001. Abba received an award in each of the 4 ceremonies, starting in 2001, and then in 2005, 2009, and 2014. In the first 3 ceremonies, Abba received the "Top Performer Award".

In this 4th ceremony, Abba was the sole recipient of the "Award of Excellence" under the land-based category; there were 4 other awardees in two other categories.

The Awards are given by POEA every 3 or 4 years, to agencies " based on volume of deployment, compliance with recruitment laws and rules, responsiveness to workers' welfare on site, technical capability, marketing capability and welfare programs and allied services.


The Philippines' RN (registered nurses) still comprise the biggest number of NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) takers among nurses educated outside of the U.S.

For the first 9 months of 2013, there were 2,952 Filipinos who took the exams, out of a total of 5,804 takers. That means that half of the total takers are from the Philippines. The other RN's come from India, Canada, South Korea and Puerto Rico.

In the past 7 years of the NCLEX exams, the Filipino RN's were also dominant, being 47.3% (in 2012) to 71.8% (2009) of the total takers.

The NCLEX exam is a prerequisite for nursses wanting to work as registered nurses in the U.S. The exams is administered by NCSBN (National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.), and since August 23, 2007 has been given in test centers in manila.

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NCLEX; FROM 25,908 TAKERS TO 3,673

The number of nurses taking the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) all over the world continues to plummet, registering a total of 13,673 takers for the entire year of 2012, versus 25,908 takers in the 2006.

The most number of takers was in 2007, when there were 38,768 takers. The number of takers are detailed HERE.

The NCLEX is a licensure examination of the U.S. for foreign educated nurses. For a foreign nurse to become a registered nurse in the U.S. she has to pass the NCLEX, which is administered in many cities in the world, including Manila and Cebu.

The number of takers continue to be low, with only 1,930 takers for the first quarter of 2013. Of this number, 806 were Filipinos. Since 2006, about half of NCLEX takers have been Filipinos.

The downtrend in the number of takers is due to the slowdown in the U.S. approval of visas for foreign nurses, starting in 2008.


Membership to Pag- Ibig Fund has become mandatory for Overseas Filipino Workers. The Fund, which offers housing loans to its members, was previously required only of Philippine based workers, and optional to OFW's.

Starting July 1, the POEA will only issue Overseas Employment Certificates (OEC's) to those who have paid P600, or the equivalent of the first 6 - months membership fee for Pag - Ibig. After that, the OFW is expected to make monthly payments of P100.

Aside for the Pag-Ibig fund, the other required fee from the OFW is the P900 contribution to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. The two other fees, the OWWA membership and Processing Fee, are shouldered by foreign employer or its appointed recruitment agency.


The November 2009 Philippines’ Nursing Licensure Exams (NLE) has established many records of sorts, as follows:

  1. It has the most number of takers, 94,462 of them, in the history of the NLE. The next highest number of takers was in the NLE of December 2008, when 88,649 took the twice a year exams.
  1. It has the lowest percentage of passing, with only 39.73% of takers passing (37,527) the exams, which makes it the “most difficult “NLE so far. The second lowest was the NLE of June 2009, when the passing rate was only 42.13% ( 32,617 passed, out of 77, 901 takers).
  1. It has the most number of people passing the exams, with 56, 935 passers. Because of the sheer number of takers , 90, 000 plus, the NLE of November 2009 has correspondingly the  most number of RN’s  who will be sworn in, on two dates, March 08 and March 09, at two sessions on  each date.

Above records include results of first timers and repeaters. The next NLE is scheduled on July 03 and 04, 2010, and will be administered in 11 cities all over the country.

For a complete listing of the NLE results in the last 13 years, please click here.

February 16, 2010


The requirements have changed for Abu Dhabi-bound Filipino nurses.

If you're a registered nurse, with at least 3 years work experience, and looking for a job opportunity in a hospital in Abu Dhabi, you'll now have to meet the added prerequisite of passing an online exam.

The online exam is the HAAD (Health Authority of Abu Dhabi) Exam offered by Pearson Vue Testing Center. The PVE is done at the  Trident Tower , 312 Senator Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City, during office hours from Monday to Friday. Nurses can apply online, choose his/her  exam date, and pay the exam fee of $90. The test results can be obtained within a few hours after taking the exam.

After getting the results, the nurse can attach the results as part of his application for employment in any hospital in Abu Dhabi.

The better method of course, from the standpoint of the Filipino nurse, is to take the exam ONLY after having had an employment offer, or perhaps after employment interview. What use is the PVE anyway if no employment offer will come?

Among Abba's clients in Abu Dhabi, almost all will require nurses to have taken and passed the exams. There are plans at present that calls for a recruitment trip from the Abu Dhabi hospital, for the visiting hospital representatives to conduct interviews, and for those who pass the interviews to take the PVE. An ideal scenario? Yes, but for now just a dream.

Until that scenario is achieved, a nurse will have to take the PVE  first , before she can be considered for a nursing job in Abu Dhabi. For questions about nursing jobs in UAE , or the PVE, call Jen of Abba , at (02) 687-3668.


Saudi Arabia is still the top destination for Filipino workers in 2008. There were 275, 933 workers both new hires and rehires, who were deployed to the Kingdom last year.

Saudi Arabia is followed by UAE, which also registered the highest incerease in 2008, compared with the previous year.

Total deployments for 2008 was 974, 399, up 20.1% from 2007.


Saudi Arabia has new minimum age requirements for incoming foreign workers. The Embassy of Saudi Arabia in the Philippines annouced that effective immediately, the age requirements for these occupation are as follows:

Domestic helper ......................................21 years

Nurse and Flight Attendant ...................... 21 years

Dressmaker ...........................................30 years

Salesman for Textile and Ladies wear .......40 years

Barber ...................................................35 years

Physical Therapist ...................................35 years

Family Driver ..........................................21 years

Male Worker ...........................................21 years

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