While there may be practical nursing programs in the Philippines it is not a recognized credential by Filipino authorities and you are not eligible for licensure as a practical nurse in the Philippines since there is no such credential. Therefore technically there is no such thing as an LPN in the Philippines.
Many US states are now requiring a nursing license (or at minimum eligibility for licensure) in the country where you were educated. All Canadian provinces require a nursing license from your country of education. Since there is no such credential as a licensed practical nurse in the Philippines you are therefore not eligible for licensure in these states (by endorsement or examination). There are several states that do not or no longer recognize graduates of international practical nursing programs as eligible for LPNlicensure.
yamkins, are the nurses you are referring to RN's or LPN's that makes a big difference?
RN is a recognized license/credential in the philippines whereas LPN is not. From the Illinois Board of Nursing, information regarding internationally educated nurses (in red font on this document: http://www.idfpr.com/renewals/apply/forms/cgfns_02.pdf
) "you must be licensed in country from which you received your nursing education" since you cannot be licensed as an LPN in the Philippines you are not eligible for a license by examination or endorsement in the state of Illinois. Therefore the representative you were speaking to was in fact telling the truth. I'm sorry for the situation that you are in.