Ni Ivy Atompag
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Sinabi ng Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) kahapon, Mayo 20, na hihilingin nito sa IATF-EID na gawing 5,000 ang cap sa mga idinedeploy na nurse sa ibang bansa. 

Ayon kay POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia, ito ay bilang antisipasyon na ang limit sa ipinapadalang nurse ay makakamit sa susunod na buwan. 

“We are anticipating that in the near future we’ll be able to reach the cap since many are looking to employ our nurses abroad. We don’t want to start the process when we (have) already reached it,” saad ni Olalia sa isang virtual forum. 

“That’s why we are getting ready. What’s important before we reach the limit (is) we already have (a) recommendation. We are anticipating. We will talk with our representative at the IATF.”

Nasa mahigit 3,000 na umano ang mga Pilipinong nurse na na-deploy sa ibang bansa mula noong Enero ng kasalukuyang taon. 

“Included in the cap are the new direct hires and agency hires. We have not reached the 5,000 cap. So far, over 3,000 have been deployed from January until today,” saad niya. 

Sa kabila nito, aniya, ang bilang na ito umano ay hindi eksakto at nakabase lamang sa kanilang assessment. 

“That is very fluid. We don’t know how many will be infected daily, how many projected capacity of the health care system,” paliwanag niya.  “We have to review that so that we will be able to give much attention on our needs as far as health workers are concerned before we respond to the needs of other countries.”


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