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Gov't to launch NARS program for untrained nurses - PGMA

Manila (PNA) (10 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday said the government will launch a program aimed to provide local employment as well as to sustain the demand of overseas workers abroad, particularly the Filipino nurses.

The President, in her speech during the multi-sectoral summit being held at the Heroes Hall in Malacanang, said the program called NARS (Nurses Assigned in Rural Areas) will not only provide jobs to nurses but also training which is necessary for employment abroad.

"Nurses who have low overseas demand for their services due to lack of training -- because there's a big demand for trained nurses but those untrained that's their problem -- they shall be mobilized in their hometowns," the President said.

The Chief Executive said the nurses will be deployed in rural areas to do three I's, which mean:

  1. Initiate primary health, school nutrition, maternal health programs, first-line diagnosis etc.
  2. Inform, inform about community water sanitation practices and do health surveillance;
  3. Immunize children and mothers.

"They shall also serve as roving nurses for rural schools," she said.

The nurses shall be provided with an allowance of P8,000 a month.

An estimated half a billion pesos will be spent by the government to pay nurses with an P8,000 a month in case of two six-month tours of duties of nurses and five nurses for each of the 1,000 poorest municipalities in the country.

The President also called on the attention of the Mayor's League of the Philippines President Ramon Guico to ask host LGUs if they can offer for a counterpart of P2,000 as an additional allowance for nurses.

She also asked corporations to chip in as well - "shirts can come from manufacturers, insurance, vitamins from pharmaceuticals, cellphones that will make the program truly a national enterprise with private equity." (PNA) [top]

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