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



There seems to be a surging interest in working with U.S. hospitals, if one considers the number of NCLEX passers in the 2nd quarter of 2016.

Figures from NCSBN (National Council of State Boards of Nursing) on Internationally Educated nurses show that for the period April to June of 2016, there were 2,811 RN's who passed the NCLEX. This figure is the highest since the 1st quarter of 2011 when there were 2,411 passers (click here for Number of Takers...). From 2011 to the 1st quarter of 2016, there had been a decline in the number of passers for NCLEX.

The NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is the licensure test for RN's who wish to work in U.S. Hospitals. The test is administered by Pearson Vue in Makati City, Philippines.


Out of 14,184 Takers of the country's Nurse Licensure Exams, there were 6,183 Passers, or a passing rate of 43%.

The number of Passers is the fewest since December 2004, or 12 years ago, when there were 5,210 passers, out of 12,100 who took the exams.

The number of people taking the Nursing Board Exams, and eventually passing them, has risen starting 12 years ago, but the declined in recent years. From 2005, the number of Passers went up to as high as 39,455 in December 2008 (when there were 88,649 Takers). Starting November 2014, the numbers of Passers has declined, and registered a new low last June.

For the complete statistics click here.


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.

Click here for details

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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