A suspected forger faking the signature of the Chief Nurse of Baguio General Hospital was arrested recently by operatives of the Baguio City Police Office Station 7. Apprehended was Renato Moreno Borbon, an alleged forger operating along Upper Mabini Street in Baguio City, for faking the clinical nurse signatures on the Summary of Cases of applicants for nursing examinations.
Upon the complaint of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) Cordillera Regional Council, police operatives set an entrapment operation last April 16 led by SPO2 Jesse dela Cruz, SPO2 Ronaldo Trinidad and SPO1 Synzer Kapawen. The forger was caught receiving 50 pesos after faking the signature of Elena Tampican, Chief Nurse of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center. Police also confiscated from Borbon various fake documents including diploma, transcripts of records, various certificates and different writing pens. A forgery case was filed against him before the Office of the City Prosecutor.
That day, a long queue of students had lined up for Borbon’s services, prompting a professional nurse to report the matter to the PRC Baguio Regional Office. The tipster claimed that Borbon was faking the signatures of Chief Nurses who were supposed to sign on the Summary of Cases. The Summary of Cases is a record of cases that the nursing student has completed in order to qualify for the Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE). The PRC and the Philippine Nurses Association requested for police assistance after receiving the complaint.
The PRC warned NLE applicants against submitting forged documents. PRC Regional Director Teofilo Gaius Sison, Jr. announced that the agency checks the authenticity of all documents submitted by the applicant, including verification with schools and hospitals and handwriting/signature comparison with specimen signatures. Applicants who have submitted fraudulent signature are barred from taking the nursing examination. If they had already passed the examination, their test papers would be cancelled. Or if they had already registered as a professional, their certificate of registration or license would be revoked and the professional IDs recalled.
Last year, a number of students who submitted fake Summary of Cases were disqualified from taking the examinations and charged with falsification of public documents. They forged the signatures of various clinical instructors, clinical coordinators, nursing deans, and chief nurses.
The PRC, PNA and police authorities are continuing to monitor such illegal activities in an effort to uphold the integrity of the NLE with more than 10,000 applicants expected for the July 2010 examinations. Report any illegal activities to PRC Baguio Regional Office at (074) 444-7603, 304-3080 and 304-3180 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.