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DOLE confers award on first Pinay to pass Japan nursing exam

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has commended the first Filipina so far to pass the Japanese Nursing Licensure Examination as the "Woman OFW Achiever in 2011." Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz conferred the award of distinction on Ever Gammed Lalin.

"Ever Lalin made history being an exceptional woman achiever in migration. She had proven that Filipino nurses, and OFWs, in general, are professionally competent and skilled as they join the world labor market," Baldoz said. The examination is known for its difficulty.

Lalin also received an overseas exit clearance (OEC) from POEA, which exempts her from the lengthy processing of the clearance.

A native of Danglas, Abra, Lalin has been working at the Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital in Tochigi Prefecture in Tokyo, Japan since 2009.

She belongs to the first batch of 98 candidate nurses and caregivers working in Japan under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).

Under the JPEPA, candidates are given a maximum of three opportunities to take the national nursing (Kangoshi) examination to be able to qualify as nurses in Japan.

A month after she took the Japanese licensure exam in February 2010, Lalin emerged as the lone Filipino passer among 254 foreign hopefuls who took the test.

It was her first and last take, which no Filipino had done in the past.

Lalin credits her success not only to determination and perseverance, but also to the considerate environment of her workplace, which allowed her to study longer hours and also provided her with teachers/instructors to augment her review sessions.

"It’s a 50-50 effort. My motivation and drive to pass the exam was complemented by the support I got from the Ashikaga Red Cross Hospital. I am lucky to have a very supportive employer," she said. (PNA/PIA9-BST)




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