MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) eyes increasing the current deployment cap on healthcare workers (HCW) to 5,000 more and make it 10,000 per year.
“Naniniwala ako right now na we have enough number of nurses kaya I’m willing to recommend na itaas ang deployment cap from 5,000 to another 5,000,” said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III in response to the request of HCW who wish to seek employment abroad.
Recently, the government has stopped the deployment of new medical workers abroad after the number reached the 5,000-limit.
Bello assured that should his recommendation be approved, the country would not come short of healthcare workers.
He stressed, however, that the decision still remains with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).
The Filipino Nurses United is pleased with the proposal as this would provide more opportunities for them to seek greener pastures abroad.
However, they still want the removal of the deployment cap and let all Filipino healthcare workers explore employment opportunities in other countries.
“Sa tingin po namin merong sapat in terms of number. Ang problema po ay yung paghikayat ng gobyerno na magtrabaho sila as nurses sa ating mga healthcare facilities,” said Jocelyn Andamo, Secretary-General of the Filipino Nurses United.
The group said there are still around 200,000 nurses in the country who work outside their profession and earn below what they deserve being professional nurses.
Since the deployment cap was imposed, around 4,000 nurses were not able to process their documents for employment abroad. -MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)