99% of additional slots in overseas deployment cap for HCWs filled by nurses

MANILA (AdChoiceTV News) — Almost all of the additional 1,500 slots in the deployment cap for healthcare workers this year are for nurses, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said Tuesday.

Those included in the expanded quota are medical personnel who already have existing employment contracts and work visas, the POEA added.

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“Iyong 1,500, 99% diyan talagang mga nurses po lahat eh. 1% lang po iyong [with] mission-critical skills,” POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said in a Laging Handa briefing.

[Translation: Of the 1,500, 99% are nurses. Only 1% are those with mission-critical skills.]

Early this month, the POEA announced it was temporarily suspending the overseas deployment of newly hired medical professionals after the previous ceiling of 5,000 had been filled. Filipino nurses then appealed to lift the deployment ban.

Amid the pleas, the government raised the number of healthcare professionals who can be deployed abroad yearly to 6,500.

The cap does not apply to government-to-government deployment, Olalia said.

The quota aims to ensure the country will have enough medical workers to help in the country’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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/ITC — AdChoiceTV News (Manila)

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