Instruction No. 117

INQUIRY CONCERNING ELIGIBILITY FOR REGISTRATION
AS NURSE OF BURMESE SUBJECT
MISS NAW NGWE YA

November 24, 1942

The Honorable
The CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSION
Manila

In connection with your inquiry dated November 9, 1942, concerning the above-mentioned subject-matter, you are hereby informed that there is no objection whatsoever.

DIRECTOR GENERAL
JAPANESE MILITARY ADMINISTRATION

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Inquiry by the Chairman of the Executive Commission, dated November 9, 1942, and referred to in the above Instruction No. 117, reads as follows]:

MANILA, November 9, 1942

His Excellency
The DIRECTOR GENERAL
Military Administration
Manila

SIR:

I have the honor to forward herewith an affidavit subscribed by Miss Naw Ngwe Ya on October 23, 1942, together with the covering letter of the Chairman of the Board of Examiners for Nurses and an indorsement of the Chief of the Civil Service dated October 29 and November 2, 1942, respectively. It appears from these papers that Miss Naw Ngwe Ya applied for admission to the nurse examination given on October 26-29, 1942, and that she was conditionally admitted by the Board of Examiners for Nurses because of her nationality. The Board of Examiners for Nurses now requests an expression of your opinion whether or not in the light of her affidavit above-mentioned her national status would present an obstacle to the granting of her application under the present circumstances. Among other things, Miss Naw Ngwe Ya states in her affidavit that’s she is a native of Katiya, Burma, having been born there on February 5, 1915; that her national status was that of a British subject by birth; that when she came to the Philippines she used a British passport because at that time Burma was under the British; that she understands that her country is now under the Japanese; and that, in view of the Japanese occupation of her country, she no longer considers herself as a British subject.

The case of Miss Ding Seuk Ching cited in the within papers was decided by your office in Instruction No. 81 dated September 11, 1942. In forwarding the papers of that case to the Military Administration, this office stated that the law regulating the practice of the nursing profession in the Philippines provides, among others, that every candidate who successfully passes the nurse examination given by the Board of Examiners for Nurses shall receive a certificate of registration as nurse, and that no distinction is made in the law as between Filipinos and foreigners who apply for registration provided that they have previously passed the said examination. These statements also apply in the case of Miss Naw Ngwe Ya.

However, in view of the present situation, this office desires to lay before the proper authorities the matter as to whether or not the grades of Miss Naw Ngwe Ya in the nurse examination given on October 26-29, 1942, should be released and, if successful, her name entered in the registration book of the Board of Examiners for Nurses.

Respectfully,

JORGE B. VARGAS
Chairman of the Executive Commission

Source: Office of the Solicitor General Library