SPLBE to be Held in Kuwait for the First Time

SPLBE or Special Professional Licensure Board Examinations, organized and conducted yearly by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) of the Republic of the Philippines in selected countries where overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) abound, will be held for the first time in Kuwait this September. This was made possible through the efforts of last year’s officers of the Philippine Professional Organization (PPO) in Kuwait, headed by Pastor Gil S. Bantugan.

Professions covered under this special program are: Architects, Certified Public Accountants, Civil Engineers, Dentists (Written), Electronics Engineers, Electronics Technicians, Mechanical Engineers, Certified Plant Mechanics, Master Plumbers, Nurses, Registered Electrical Engineers, Registered Master Electricians, Professional Teachers, Radiologic Technologists and Respiratory Therapists.

As active member of the PPO, Pinoy Nurses Association in Kuwait (PNA-K) officials, represented by PNA-K President Hengie Vargas Taton, worked steadfastly, on their part, for the approval of SPLBE to be conducted in Kuwait. They were aiming for 2014, but, unfortunately, PRC didn’t approve, citing lack of time.

In an advanced preparation, PNA-K, spearheaded by Special Committee (SPLBE) Chairperson Kirsten Chua, started review classes early last year. Aware of quite a large population of would-be examinees, and very much concerned for the welfare of nurse graduates who are repeaters of or who never gotten the chance to take the regular board exams held twice a year in the Philippines before coming to Kuwait, PNA-K officials didn’t deter and continued with the review classes, aiming this time, for Qatar as the examination venue. In October 2014, the group was able to send a few examinees to Qatar and four out of only six nurse examinees, passed!

Now that the special exams will be held in Kuwait, PNA-K officials are the more enthusiastic to help and assist their compatriots and they take turns in conducting reviews, held every Friday, at our Diwaniya, an extension of our sala.

The collage above was created by Kirsten Chua, posted on her Facebook, and taken today, May 1, 2015, during the review at our Diwaniya. Photo below is of those who reviewed today, with their happy faces shown, for a friendly pose.



About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/


  1. Freda Editha O. Contreras (Post author)

    Hi Hanna,

    Sorry for this delayed response. Unfortunately, Midwifery, is not included among the list of Professions for SPLBE. Kindly refer to the list mentioned in the story above for a complete list.

    Thanks for the comment.


  2. Hanna

    Hi good day i just wanna ask if when you have a board exam for midwifery? thank you

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