Philippines plans to double its limit on health care workers deployed overseas

Manila, PhilippinesThe Philippineslabor minister said on Wednesday he will ask for government approval to allow 5,000 more health care workers to be deployed abroad, double the annual cap in a country that is one of the world’s biggest sources of nurses.

After lobbying by nurses’ grupos, Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello said he will recommend to the national coronavirus task force on Thursday that the cap is raised.
Nurses are among the more than 10 million Filipinos who work and live overseas, with annual remittances in excess of $ 30 mil millones — a key driver for the country’s consumption-driven economy.
    There are reasons to allow health workers to seek good jobs abroad,” Bello told a news conference. “We will make sure we will not run out of nurses and doctors.
      Más que 200,000 nursing graduates have chosen to work in other industries because of meager compensation and benefits in the health care sector, Jocelyn Andamo, secretary general of the Filipino Nurses United, dijo a Reuters.
        This is a positive development, but hopefully the deployment ban will be fully lifted,” Andamo said.
        Por lo menos 4,000 nurses intending to work in Germany, the Middle East, Escocia, Japón, Singapur, the United States and Australia were barred from leaving after the cap of 5,000 was reached this month, data from the nurses group show.
            President Rodrigo Duterte lifted a deployment ban on health care workers in November, but limited the number allowed to leave to ensure there would be enough at home as the Philippines battles one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks in Asia.
            En 2019, casi 17,000 Filipino nurses signed overseas work contracts, government data showed.

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