DEC 2013 BOARD EXAMS FOR NURSES HAS LOWEST PASSING RATE SINCE 1996
The country's Nurse Licensure Exams in December 2013 has turned out to be the most difficult in the last 17 years. The passing rate was 31.0%, the lowest passing rate since 1996, or 17 years ago.
The PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) announced in January that out of 35,475 who took the Board Exams, only 10,997 passed, or about one passer for every 3 who took the Exams. .
The previous lowest passing rate was in December 2011, when only 34.0% passed the exams. Click here for details.
The Board Exams are conducted twice a year, in June and December, in 15 cities all over the Philippines
FILIPINOS STILL MOST NUMBER OF NCLEX TAKERS
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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ABBA IN NEED OF ENGINEERS
Abba is in need of Engineers, for a project in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Workers will be employed by our prospective client, Al-Falak Electronic Equipment & Supplies, Co. and will be deployed in Saudi Aramco. Interviews will be conducted by the employer starting December. They are offering an attractive salary and benefit package for the approved candidates.
Available positions are as follows: Architecture Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Civil Engineer, Communication Engineer, Construction Engineer (Instrument, Mechanical, Piping), Construction Coordinator, Construction Engineer, Cost Engineer, Construction Electrical Engineer, Engineer (Procurement Inspection Rep), Estimator, Interface Coordinator, IT Spec, Logistic Coordinator, Material Controller, Mechanical Engineer (Rotating), Planning Specialist, Process Engineer, Procurement Specialist, Project Engineer (Aromatic), Quality Systems Specialist, Safety Advisor, Sched Engineer, Site Superintendent, Site Surveying, Sr. Inspector Engineering-Civil, Sr. Inspector Engineering-Electrical, Sr. Inspector-Mechanical, Technical Clerk.
Engineering graduates should have at least 6 years of related work experience while non-degree holders should have at least 10 years.
Interested applicants are requested to drop by our office located at 11th floor Goldloop Tower A, Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City for short listing. Provincial applicants may send their CVs through firstname.lastname@example.org. For inquiries you may call 637-1393 or 637-5175 and ask for Jossel.
ABBA WINS POEA'S "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE"
Abba has won another award from the POEA, this time it is the "Award of Excellence". In three previous instances, Abba has been given the "Top Performer Award", in 2002, 2005, and 2009. The award is given for exemplary performance in the overseas employment program.
The new award will be given to Abba in formal ceremonies on December 12. POEA advised Abba of this development in its letter of November 14, 2013.
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.
JUNE 2013 BOARD EXAMS HAS LOWEST NUMBER OF PASSERS SINCE 2006
The Philippines' NLE (Nurse Licensure Examination) in June 2013 had 16,908 passers, the lowest since the NLE of June 2006, when there were 17,821 passers.
The June 2013 NLE also had the fewest number of takers in the last 7 years, registering only 37,887, versus the 40,147 takers during the December 2006 NLE.
The decrease could be attributed to the reduced number of students taking up the nursing course, beginning in 2009.
The 43% passing rate (16,219 vs. 37,887) in the December NLE falls within the usual range of passing.
The Number of Takers and Passers of the NLE in the last 14 years are detailed HERE.
AGENCIES NOW REQUIRED TO BUY INSURANCE FOR WORKER
Starting November 08, 2010, all private recruitment agencies in the Philippines will have to buy insurance for all the workers they deploy to any country in the world. The insurance requirement is part of the Omnibus Rules Implementing Republic Act 8042 as amended by R.A. 10022, which mandates insurance protection for workers deployed by agencies. Those deployed by the government, workers rehired by their previous employers, and vacationing workers are not covered by the insurance requirement.
The insurance coverage include benefits on death, disablement, termination, settlement claims, compassionate visit, medical evacuation and repatriation. The law prohibits passing on the premium to the workers. Premium for the insurance are expected to be paid eventually by foreign employers. Premiums cost US $72 for workers with one - year contracts, and US $144 for those on two year contracts.
PAG - IBIG MEMBERSHIP NOW MANDATORY TO OFW's
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
ABBA RECEIVES POEA'S "TOP PERFORMER AWARD", ITS 3RD STRAIGHT
Abba Personnel Services received its Top Performer Award in ceremonies at the PICC Convention Hall last April 29. It is the 3rd consecutive award for Abba: it previously received the same award in 2002, and 2005. For this decade, the POEA has given out the Award three times.
There were 8 other receipients of the 2010 awards (for complete listing of the agency-awardees, please click here.)
Nestor Flores, President of Abba, delivered the Response on behalf of all the land-based awardees.
NOVEMBER 2009 NURSE BOARD EXAMS SETS NEW RECORDS
The November 2009 Philippines’ Nursing Licensure Exams (NLE) has established many records of sorts, as follows:
- 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.
- 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).
- 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
INTERESTED IN A NURSING JOB IN AN ABU DHABI HOSPITAL? HERE'S HOW
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 IS STILL TOP OFW DESTINATION
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.
SAUDIS GET TOUGH ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
The government of Saudi Arabia, thru its Cabinet, approved a set of regulations that will further promote human rights of migrant workers and penalize human trafficking. The prominent features of the regulations, recommended by the Shoura Council, include penalties against coercion, threats, misuse of position or influence, taking advantage of the workers’ weakness, coercive service, practices similar to slavery.
A committee has been formed to monitor known victims of human trafficking and human rights violations. It will ensure that victims are not harmed again, and will coordinate with the authorities concerned to repatriate foreign victims if they so request, or pursue complaints against the offending parties.
KSA BOUND WORKERS TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED AND
Saudi Arabia is introducing fingerprinting and full-faced
digital photographs for visa applicants. sometime the year 2010,
as part of its effort to strengthen security.
There will be a network of service
center that will receive visa applications, and take fingerprints
and digital photo of those people wanting to visit or work in
The measure is also expected to
enable this Mideast country to enforce its rules against workers
who were not able to finish their employment contract or who do
not have no-objection certificates.
SAUDI ARABIA HAS NEW AGE LIMITS FOR OFW's
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
TAGALOG SPEAKERS ARE HIGHEST SCORERS IN IELTS
If your first language is Tagalog, it is very likely that you'll have the highest score among the IELTS takers all over the world.
That's what the statistics show for the Test Takers Performance of IELTS in the year 2007. The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an exam required by English speaking countries (like the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia), to measure English proficiency of the examinee in 4 areas: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
A large number of examinees are Filipino RN's who take the exams as a requirement for work - entry to the English speaking countries.
Statistics show that examinees with Tagalog as first language fared better, with an overall band score of 6.57, compared to those whose first language is Spanish (6.54), Malay (6.44), Tamil (6.21), Hindi (6.21).
The Tagalog speakers were highest in Listening, Writing, and Speaking.
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