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Nurse trainees' orientation starts April 1

Iloilo City (1 April) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 6 will conduct the orientation on the training modules to hired nurse-trainees under the Nurses Assigned in Rural Service (NARS) project in W estern Visayas starting today, April 1.

DOLE 6 Information Officer Amalia Judicpa said the orientation will be conducted simultaneously in the provinces of Capiz, Iloilo and Negros Occidental on April 1 while in Aklan on April 3.

For the provinces of Antique and Guimaras it will be conducted on April 2. Also, on the said date, another orientation will be held in Iloilo.

The Provincial Training Team composed of representatives from the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Nurses Association (PNA), academe, the Provincial Health Officer, and Head of Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) 6 is tasked to handle the orientation.

The NARS program was launched by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as part of the government's efforts to generate jobs for the unemployed workers in line with the pump priming strategies aimed at mitigating the impact of the global financial crisis on the Filipino workforce.

Judicpa disclosed in a press report that around 480 unemployed nurses in the region are expected to benefit from the program with training and experience they could use for employment overseas. While on training, nurse-trainees would be given a stipend of P8,000 per month.

The nurse-trainees would be deployed in 96 identified poorest municipalities in the region at an average of 5 per municipality, for a six-month tour of duty starting April 3.

NARS applicants are advised to log on to NARS website at to check the status of their applications or call the DOLE provincial offices near them through the following telephone numbers: 036-5407067 for Antique, Capiz and Guimaras;036 2685420 for Aklan; 033-3206904/3206905 for Iloilo and 034-4342214/7091690 for Negros Occidental. (PIA) [top]

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