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Department of Labor to reduce deployment of nurses abroad due to local shortage

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

The Department of Labor and Employment is looking into the possibility of decreasing the number of nurses being deployed abroad.

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, in a press briefing for the Philippine media delegation at the Orchard Hotel in Singapore on April 27, 2018, announces that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is set to reveal a course of action on the issue concerning the migrant workers in Kuwait. (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./ PRESIDENTIAL FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III cited this possibility after learning from the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) of the shortage of nurses in the country.

“All the while, I thought there is an oversupply of nurses. But I just learned that those graduating with nursing degrees and have passed the board only train for two years and will go (abroad),” he said in an interview Wednesday during the Independence Day job fair in Manila.

“So the appeal of the PNA officers is slow down the deployment of nurses because we also need nurses, especially [for] senior citizens,” added Bello.

He, however, admitted that salary is a factor why some nurses choose to work abroad instead of working in public health facilities.

“In order for them to not want to work abroad and just stay here, we should also consider increasing their salaries. And the President appears amenable to giving them that,” Bello said.

Earlier, the labor department slowed down the deployment of construction workers overseas due to the manpower shortage in the local construction industry.

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