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President Arroyo Urged the Arab Employers to Hire More Filipino Nurses & Others

April 13, 2009 · Filed Under In the news, work abroad, Work in Middle East · Comment 

President Arroyo goes to work in her two-day working visit in Dubai to encourage Arab employers to hire more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), meet with the Filipino community in the Arab state, and pay a visit to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.

Thousands of OFWs (as well as those hoping to get out of the country soon) expressed hope that the two-day visit to Dubai by Mrs. Arroyo and a delegation of labor officials will secure their jobs there and create more employment opportunities in the host country for Filipinos.

Labor officials headed by Labor Secretary Marianito Roque had arranged a meeting with foreign principals beginning yesterday until today in Dubai where they planned to discuss more job openings for OFWs.  The top agenda of the meeting is the set of strategies on how the government could fill up the job vacancies for Filipino skilled workers and professionals in Dubai.

This year alone, she said more than 100,000 jobs are available in the Middle East for construction workers, engineers, architects, and medical workers such as nurses and caregivers. However, the recruitment industry warned OFWs seeking employment in Dubai to verify from their prospective employer first if a working visa or permit will be issued to them before they depart for the most populous city of the United Arab Emirates.

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The Philippine Government Should Sign More Bilateral Agreement Abroad for Pinoy Nurses

The Philippine government should struck more win-win deals with foreign countries interested in our Filipino nurses as well as other health professionals according to former DOH Secretary Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan.

In his keynote speech during the 27th anniversary of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD-DoST), Tan said there is a need for international support for ethical framework of recruitment, citing the high demand for Filipino nurses abroad.

You will note that not many Pinoys are happy with the JPEPA deal with Japan citing that this is too onerous to the Philippines and more one sided in favor of Japan.  Although this is the case, the Agreement was implemented amidst protest to it.

Mr. Tan added that the Philippine government is forging now a joint or multi-country research data and action program on health human resource development among importing and exporting countries.  He also hope that this year, we will be able to establish a Philippines-Canada, Philippines-Finland, and Philippines-Bahrain trust fund for human resource development given that these countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Philippine government as equity partners in International Health Care in 2007 to 2008.

We are also hoping for the best. Kudos to Dr. Tan for his continuous support for Pinoy Nurses and healthworkers.

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President Arroyo’s NARS Program Brings Job Openings and Training Opportunities to Filipino Nurses.

February 12, 2009 · Filed Under In the news · Comment 

We applaud the Philippine government’s effort to launch a new job employment and training program for the Filipino nurses that is surely win-win situation for all parties involved.

President Arroyo recently announced that about 5,000 Filipino nurses will be deployed to serve as nurses to those in needs.  The target beneficiaries are the poorest municipalities which will receive at least 5 assigned Pinoy nurses each.

We said this is a win-win situation for the Filipino nurses that will be benefiting from this because the government is not only trying to give employment money (about P8,000 per month) to those in need but also give opportunities for the Pinoy nurses to train in real hospital work in preparation for the eventual work abroad.  Most employers abroad require nurses to have work experience before they accept them.

But the ultimate winners are the Filipino masses who will now be taken cared of by our own nurses at least temporarily.  We hope that this P500 Million project will be sustained by the government yearly as this is one of the best decision that the government has taken for the Filipino nurses.

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Pinoy nurses and caregivers will benefit from JPEPA starting this year

January 17, 2009 · Filed Under In the news, Work in Japan · Comment 

This year 2009, Japan will recruit Filipino nurses and caregivers for training and employment under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).  This was disclosed by Labor Secretary Marianito D. Roque in a recently announced statement.

As reported in this blog last year, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Japan International Corp. of Welfare Services (JICWELS) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) providing for the recruitment of Filipino nurses and caregivers to Japan under the Framework for the Movement of Natural Persons of JPEPA, which came into force Dec.11 last year.

There have been strong oppositions to JPEPA by some local groups including the Philippine Nurses Association as they believed that this agreement between the Philippines and Japan is disadvantageous to Filipino nurses.  Other sectors that are against JPEPA are afraid that this agreement can become the “template” to exploit other Filipino professionals in exchange for good economic relations with Japan.

In defense, Mr. Roque said the MoU provides for the roles and responsibilities of the two parties and the working conditions for the nurses and caregivers that would ensure their welfare and protection. He said the hiring program would initially recruit 200 nurses and 300 caregivers whom the POEA would endorse to JICWELS.

Mr. Roque said the Pinoy nurses and caregivers will have a fully transparent employment contract and that they will receive the same salaries as that of Japanese counterparts based on similar tasks and qualifications.

Part of the agreement is to train the Filipino nurses primarily on language prior to actual deployment to Japanese hospitals working under the supervision of a Japanese “kangoshi” who will conduct familiarization activities on culture and the Japanese system. While under training, the candidates will receive allowance of not less than ¥40,000 or more than P21,000 per month.   Airfare to Japan will be shouldered by employers or the Japanese government.

Registered nurses with at least three years experience are qualified to apply for training and employment in Japan. Qualified Filipino nurses and candidates can apply with the POEA or through the agency’s Web site www.eregister.poea.gov.ph.

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