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PIA Press Release
2009/02/04

DOLE official graces seminar for nursing students

By Marivic A. Alcober

Tacloban City (4 February) -- The Regional Director of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Region 8, Director Forter G. Puguon honored the graduating nursing students with his presence when he became one of the guest speakers during the one-day seminar on Brain Drain in the Philippine Nursing Industry.

This was gathered from DOLE Information Officer Virgilio A. Doroja, Jr. who further disclosed that the seminar which was centered on the theme "Scrutinizing the En Masse Migration of Philippine Nurses: Who Loses, Who Profits", was conducted last February 3, 2009 at the Rotary Club Center, Astrodome Compound, Tacloban City.

It was learned that during his lecture, Director Puguon presented the Key Employment Generators (KEG), which are the cyber services, hotel and restaurant, agribusiness, aviation, mining, medical tourism, and health services, as identified during the 2006 National Manpower Summit.

Likewise, topics on highly in-demand skills and hard-to-fill jobs under the KEG were taken up. He also gave inputs on the country's labor export policy and a brief overview of DOLE's major strategies in addressing the labor and employment concerns of the Filipino workforce.

On the other hand, statistics on the Philippine Nursing Profession: Demand and Supply Trends was also discussed by Dir. Puguon.

On her part, Dr. Genelyn R. Herrera gave a presentation on Human Resources for Health, trends in Health Education, distribution and attrition of health professionals, and the perceived impact of migration

Other topics covered by the other speakers were Chronicolling the Exodus of Nurses to Developed Countries; the Impact of Migration to the Labor Market and to the Philippine Nursing Industry and the Health Care System; and lastly, Social and Economic Motivation for Migrant Nurses.

After the lecture and presentation of each guest speaker, an open forum followed, wherein the lecturers entertained queries from the nursing students.

Meanwhile, the above seminar was organized and conducted by 4th year Nursing Batch 2009 of Colegio de Sta. Lourdes of Leyte Foundation Incorporated, under the College of Nursing headed by Dean Mae Florence D. Nierras, and the Overall Training Management Committee chaired by April Rose Gacgacao. (PIA-8) [top]

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