Singapore to hire 20K health workers in 2020

admin   •   October 26, 2016   •   4789

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Singapore’s Ministry of Health has announced the need for more than 20,000 health workers in 2020.

According to the Ministry of Health, the population in Singapore continues to  increase along  with the rising number of people with health problems.

A shortage in health workers is being expected in the near future.

Applicants  just need to accomplish the Singaporean government requirements.

“They must be licensed and have passed with PRC. Meaning, they must be registered nurses in the Philippines,” Singapore registered nurse Alicia Binuya said.

“They must have at least 2 or 3 years of experience. Then, they must pass examinations given by agencies in the Philippines for the Singapore Nursing Board for them to become full-pledged staff nurse in Singapore or an enrolled nurse,” she added.

Despite the government’s call to Singaporeans to enter the health sector, their lack of skills in the field of medicine is an opportunity for workers from outside their country, including the Philippines. — Mark Ricafrente | UNTV News & Rescue

Thick haze covers Singapore as neighbors continue to burn forests

UNTV News   •   September 18, 2019

Haze continued to blanket Singapore for a fifth consecutive day on Wednesday (September 18) as forest fires continued to rage in neighboring countries.

Every dry season, smoke from fires to clear land for palm oil and pulp and paper plantations in Indonesia clouds the skies over much of the region, raising concerns about public health and worrying tourist operators and airlines.

The 24-hour Pollution Standards Index, which Singapore’s National Environment Agency uses as a benchmark, was in a range of 111-126 in the afternoon, while PM2.5 ranged 83-115. A reading above PSI 100 is considered unhealthy. The World Health Organization sets a daily mean air quality guideline of 25 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic meter of air.

Singapore’s air quality deteriorated to “unhealthy” levels on Saturday (September 14) for the first time in three years. (REUTERS)

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PH, Singapore reaffirm ties; sign 8 cooperation deals

Robie de Guzman   •   September 10, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Republic of Singapore President Halimah Yacob pose for posterity prior to the start of their expanded bilateral meeting at the Malacañan Palace during the latter’s state visit to the Philippines on September 9, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Singaporean President Halimah Yacob on Monday witnessed the signing of eight deals between the two countries mostly on economic cooperation.

Halimah, the first female president and first Malay head of Singapore in 47 years, is in Manila for a five-day state visit.

The agreements signed by the two leaders in Malacañang are as follows:

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Education and Temasek Foundation International and Nanyang Polytechnic International Programme on Innovations and Teaching and Learning of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with Design Thinking
  • MOU between the Department of Agriculture and Enterprise Singapore on Agricultural Cooperation and Related Activities;
  • MOU between Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of the Philippines, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority of the Republic of the Philippines, and Skills Future Singapore Agency of the Republic of Singapore on cooperation on human capital development and rescaling and skills upgrading of workforce;
  • MOU between the Development Bank of the Philippines and Infrastructure Asia Singapore on knowledge sharing to support infrastructure development;
  • MOU between Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System and Public Utilities Board;
  • MOU between the National Commission for Culture and the Arts of the Republic of the Philippines and Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth of the Republic of Singapore on Cultural Cooperation;
  • MOU between Infrastructure Asia and Public-Private Partnership Center on assisting Philippine local implementing agencies with the development or implementation of PPP projects;
  • MOU between the National Privacy Commission of the Republic of the Philippines and The Personal Data Protection Commission of the Republic of Singapore on Cooperation in Personal Data Protection.

In a joint statement, the two leaders said they committed to “further intensify trade and investment links, mindful of the goals we have set for ourselves under the Philippines-Singapore Action Plan (PSAP).”

Duterte added he rallied for Halimah’s support to encourage the participation of Singapore in the country’s priority investment areas and to advance collaboration between the two countries in agriculture, education and training, science and technology, tourism and cultural exchanges.

According to Duterte, Singapore is the Philippines’ second highest source of investments in 2018, committing a total of P21.18 billion, or 11.8 percent of total foreign pledges.

Singapore is also its seventh largest trading partner with two-way trade at US$10.49 billion.

Duterte also stated that he and Halimah discussed gains and ways to help bring lasting peace and development to the Mindanao region, particularly the progress in establishing the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

“We discussed ways by which our cooperation could help contribute in bringing just and lasting peace and meaningful progress and development in Mindanao – one of the greatest and most crucial undertakings that our nation has embarked upon,” he reported.

For her part, Halimah described the economic ties between the two countries as “strong and robust,” but they both agreed to do even more together. She added there is also room to further boost trade and investment flows.

“We hope to make progress on updating the Singapore-Philippines avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement and the expansion of the Bilateral Air Transport Agreement, which will increase connectivity and create more opportunities for collaboration and growth,” she said in her statement.

Aside from boosting economic exchanges, Duterte also expressed interest in deepening defense and security ties with Singapore by strengthening the defense dialogues and training exchanges between the two countries’ military and special forces.

“We talked about deepening our cooperation in defense and security, which includes strengthening defense dialogues and training exchanges between the military and special forces,” Duterte said.

Halimah’s visit came as the Philippines and Singapore celebrate the 50th year of diplomatic relations.

She said there are more than 200,000 Filipinos in Singapore and that her country deeply appreciates the contributions of the Filipino community to Singapore’s society and economy. RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Singapore seizes largest haul of elephant ivory to-date

Robie de Guzman   •   July 24, 2019

Singapore said on Tuesday (July 23) that it had seized 8.8 tonnes (9.7 tons) of elephant ivory, a record haul by authorities in the city-state.

Conservation groups said the city-state is a transit point for the illegal wildlife trade.

The elephant ivory, estimated to be worth $12.9 million, came from nearly 300 African elephants and was heading to Vietnam through Singapore from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The haul also contained the third major seizure of pangolin scales in Singapore this year — 11.9 tonnes (13.1 tons) of scales, worth about $35.7 million.

The ivory haul falls just short of 9.1 tonnes seizure in Vietnam in March, which non-government organization Environmental Investigation Agency said was thought to be the largest ever globally.

Singapore is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and said it is committed to the global effort to curb the illegal wildlife trade. (REUTERS)

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