Ni Monica N. Ladisla
Source: PNA

Inaprubahan na ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na alisin ang deployment ban sa mga health workers na nais magtrabaho sa ibang bansa sa gitna ng banta ng COVID-19 sa bansa ayon sa ulat ni Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

“The president already approved the lifting of the temporary suspension of deployment of nurses and other medical workers,” ulat ni Sec. Bello.

Subalit, upang masiguro na may sapat na health workers ang bansa, tanging limang libong health workers lamang ang papayagang makaalis bawat taon, paglilinaw ni Sec. Bello.

Matatandaang sinuspende ng Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) noong Abril 2 ang deployment ng mga health care workers na nais magtrabaho sa ibang bansa upang mapanatili ang bilang ng mga health care workers sa gitna ng pandemya.

Inalmahan naman ito ng ilang grupo ng nurses at humiling na isali sa exemption ang ilang health professionals na may kumpletong overseas employment contract na epektibo hanggang Agosto 31.

Bago ito, tanging health professionals na may overseas employment certificates mula sa POEA epektibo mula noong Marso 8 ang maaaring makalabas ng bansa.

Umabot sa mahigit isang libong nurses ang naapektuhan magmula nang ipatupad ang temporary ban noong Abril, ayon kay POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia.

Samantala, ikinalugod naman ni Sen. Joel Villanueva ang pagtanggal ng deployment ban sa mga healthcare workers subalit aniya, kailangan umanong taasan ng gobyerno ang pasahod sa mga ito.

“As we have said before when we called for the lifting of the ban early on, the most effective way to make our healthcare workers stay and work in our country is to offer better employment terms including competitive salary and benefits, and its timely payout,” ani Sen. Villanueva.

Dagdag pa niya, “We’re certain that our healthcare workers would not think twice about leaving their families behind and place themselves overseas where the risk of getting infected is similar here in the country.”


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