NARS program to deploy 5,000 nurses in poorest towns
by T. Villavert
Iloilo City (10 February) -- Some 5,000 Filipino nurses will be deployed to the country's 1,000 poorest municipalities at five nurses a municipality.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said that the government will launch the Nurses Assigned in Rural Areas (NARS) to enable the Filipino nurses gain the necessary training and experience needed for overseas employment.
The Malacanang press report disclosed that President Arroyo called the nurses as "warriors for wellness" stressing that these nurses would be mobilized in their hometowns to undertake the three I's.
The three I's are: a) Initiate primary health, school nutrition, maternal healthy programs, first-line diagnosis, etc.; b) Inform about community water sanitation practices and do health surveillance; and c) Immunize children and mothers.
NARS is a P500 million program said President Arroyo during the multi-sectoral jobs summit dubbed "Joining Hands Against the Global Crisis" at the Heroes Hall of Malacanang where she emphasized that the nurses would be paid a monthly allowance of P8,000.
The deployed nurses shall also serve as roving nurses for rural schools, the Malacanang press report disclosed. (PIA 6) [top]