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TACLOBAN CITY, FEBRUARY 1, 2013 (INQUIRER) By Joey A. Gabieta Inquirer Visayas - Nursing exam topnotcher from Leyte looks back on roller-coaster life.

The topnotcher in last December’s nursing board exams has no plans of leaving the country and working abroad.

Glicyl Alvero wants to stay and later teach the country’s future nurses instead of joining the throng of nurses who leave to seek greener pasture abroad.

“I want to stay here in the country and teach in a nursing school. I want to teach our future nurses and share to them what I have learned,” said Alvero.

Alvero topped the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in various cities of the country last December, which was held in 16 areas around the country.

She garnered a rating of 85.80 percent, besting 49,066 other examinees from various nursing schools in the country.

Alvero brought honors to her alma mater, Colegio de Sta. Lourdes of Leyte Foundation in Tabon-tabon town, Leyte, where she graduated cum laude.

She said she didn’t expect to top the board exams.

Alvero said she was watching television noontime show on Wednesday when she noticed the several missed calls on her mobile phone.

“The missed calls came from my teachers and friends. (And when I answered) their calls, they were all congratulating me for topping the board. I kept on shouting,” she said.

“I’m in total shock! I could not believe it at first when I learned that I topped the board examinations,” said Alvero, 20, in a phone interview on Wednesday night.

She attributed her success to her strong faith in God and her strong determination to succeed.

“In everything I do, I always ask God’s guidance. I have faith in God and, of course, I want to succeed in life. Mine is a roller-coaster one,” she said.

She was in Grade 4 and the youngest of nine siblings when her father, Glecerio, a jeepney driver, died.

Her mother, Adelaida, was a housewife but her eldest brother, Ashley, an engineer, shouldered her education from elementary to high school.

Alvero took the entrance examination at the Colegio de Sta. Lourdes of Leyte Foundation but she flunked. “But I persevered. I was able to enter my first year through the help of my elder sister,” she said.

Alvero said her sister Vivian Lorena also told her to study hard and get good grades because she could not promise continued support for her education until graduation.

And Alvero didn’t disappoint her family.

Although Vivian paid her tuition in first year college, she took and passed a test that enabled her to get a scholarship that partly paid her tuition. She was also given another scholarship offered by Mayor Rolando Celebre of Jaro town, her place of birth.

Her hard work paid off. She later graduated cum laude and then topped the board exams.


16,908 pass Dec 2012 Nursing board By: January 30, 2013 1:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Sixteen thousand-nine hundred eight, or 34 percent, of 49,066 examinees passed the December 2012 Nursing Licensure Examination, the

Professional Regulation Commission announced Wednesday.

GlicylAranteAlvero of the Colegio de Sta. Lourdes of Leyte Foundation Inc. topped the exam with a rating of 85.80 percent.

Following her, with a rating of 85.4, were Phyllis Glee CuyagGuting of Mountain View College, Alfa CresiaNacinoNilo of St. Mary’s University, and Billy TabonRabago of New Era University.

In third rank was Margeaux Jen AcedoSamonte of Father SaturninoUrios University, with 85.2 percent.

Following is the list of the Top 10 examinees.

Japan hopes more Filipino nurses will pass its 2013 licensure exam By Aie Balagtas-See (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 11, 2012 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines -The Japanese government is hopeful that more Filipino nurses will pass next year’s National Licensure Exam for Nurses after it made the grueling exam “friendlier” to foreign applicants.

Nobuyuki Yumi, director of the Employment Security Bureau of the Economic Partnership Agreement Office announced this during the 33rd NSK-CAJ Fellowship Program in Tokyo last Oct. 3.

According to Yumi, insufficient knowledge of Nihongo has remained the largest stumbling block to Filipino nurses, who wish to work in Japan under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).

“For foreign applicants, Japanese language is the greatest barrier (but this year) national exams will become friendlier,” Yumi told reporters from ASEAN nations.

Yumi clarified that there are no problems as regard to the Filipino nurses’ skills or competency.

The dilemma, however, lies on the fact that only few Japanese hospitals accept foreign nurses. And most of them prefer Kangoshi passers and those “with higher proficiency” in Nihongo.

The acceptance of Filipinos nurses in Japan started in 2009. Under the agreement, Filipinos must take the national exams to become qualified to stay and work in Japan “for as long as they wish.”

Since 2010, the Japanese government has been easing its Kangoshi (or the national examinations) to accommodate more foreign health workers, specifically from Indonesia and the Philippines.

But based on the figures provided by Yumi, it showed that less and less Filipinos are being accepted: From 93 in 2009 to only 28 in 2012.

“The (Japanese) government acknowledged that (the exam) is difficult. So we changed the difficult words (to make it easier for the applicants),” he said.

Yumi added that aside from providing necessary assistance to the applicants, their government will also “continue to review” their system.

Filipino nurses aspiring to work in Japan must have at least three years of working experience. After which, the nurse can go to the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency to apply for the JPEPA scheme.

POEA, according to Yumi, will be responsible for the “matching” system of the nurse and its Japanese employer.

JPEPA nurse passers will undergo six-month pre-departure language training and another six-month post departure training. Upon reaching Japan, the nurses will also have to undergo training while working in medical facilities.

Each applicant is allowed to take the national nursing examination up to three times.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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