Good News! Nurses and other healthcare workers can now work abroad
President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the deployment ban among the country’s healthcare workers particularly nurses.
In a statement, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello confirmed the decision of the president.
“The president already approved the lifting of the temporary suspension of deployment of nurses and other medical workers,”he said.
According to him, Duterte has decided to lift the travel ban among healthcare workers since COVID-19 cases in the country was “slowing down.”
Although the Philippines has been noted with the second-highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths, the daily reports have dropped.
In fact, as of Friday, November 20, 2020, only 1,639 cases were added with 305 new recoveries and 27 new deaths. This resulted in a total of 415,067 confirmed cases with 375,237 recoveries and 8,025 deaths already.
However, only 5,000 workers are allowed to leave the country each year thus the nation is still facing the wrath of COVID-19.
“We are starting only with a cap of 5,000 so we will not run out (of medical workers), but this may increase eventually,” Bello said.
In 2019, data from the Commission on Higher Education and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration showed that almost 17,000 nurses signed contracts abroad.
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