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PIA Press Release
2010/01/23

Feature: NARS program widely accepted

DOLE recommends retention

By Erna Sy Gorne

Southern Leyte (January 23) -- The Department of Labor and Employment Provincial Field Office here highly recommends for the retention of the Nurses Assinged in Rural Service (NARS) program of the present administration as the program proved to have been widely accepted by the local government units (LGUs), Southern Leyte Labor Employment Field Officer Fe Norma Valuis disclosed during the DySL Kapihan sa PIA conducted Thursday.

More so when the said program still has funds to sustain this year as financial support coming from the international pharmaceuticals and other donors who were convinced of the NARS program could still afford to continue its operations, Valuis said.

She added that the new board passers- nurses were lucky enough to enjoy such program of the government unlike the previous years when there is no similar program offered by the government. A nurse-trainee enjoys a monthly stipend of P8,000 from DOLE funds, however, some trainees were fortunate enough to receive additional two thousand pesos allowances from their respective local government units hosting them.

The nurse trainees each will receive certificates of completion as soon as they can complete the 6-month period tour of duty. That the certificates they got will be one of the best documents to prove to the prospective employers anywhere in the country or abroad that they are capable to be in the nursing profession, Valuis further said.

The NARS program was launched by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on February 9, 2009 as part of pump priming strategies under the Economic Resiliency Plan of the government to serve as a venue for inexperienced nurses and provide health care services to the marginalized and the poor. The second batch of NARS trainees had started their tour of duty last October 15 for a similar timespan of six months, this time all the eighteen municipalities and one city of the province were duly covered.

The second batch of NARS trainees had started their tour of duty last October 15 for a similar timespan of six months, this time all the eighteen municipalities and one city of the province were duly covered. (PIA Southern Leyte) [top]

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