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DOLE employs 42 Antiqueño nurses for rural areas

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (2 June) -- A total of 42 nurses from the province of Antique were employed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) under the Nurses Assigned in Rural Services (NARS) program.

NARS Project is in line with the pump priming strategies under the Economic Resiliency Plan of the Arroyo Administration to mitigate the impact of the global financial crisis to save and create as many jobs as possible and expand social protection.

This was launched by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on 9 February 2009 during the Multi-Sectoral Summit on "Joining Hands Against the Global Crisis" in Malacanang Palace, Manila.

Project NARS aims to improve delivery of health care services to our population and create a pool of registered nurses with enhanced clinical and preventive health management competencies for national public and private sector employment.

Laura Villarico, Provincial Director, DOLE Antique said that these nurses will serve their respective municipalities for 6 months from the time they were hired last April 7, 2009.

The Department of Labor has allocated P8,000.00 a month for each of the nurses while the local government units may give additional P2,000.00 for the nurses to receive a total of P10,000.00 each.

There maybe five nurses to be assigned in different municipalities as long as they meet the qualifications. Registered nurses who are physically and mentally fit and willing to serve in their hometowns may apply online, (for second batch hiring) at :With valid nurse license issued by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC); not over 35 years old; resident of the identified municipalities/nearby municipalities;

Nurse applicants who are dependents of workers affected by the Global Crisis (e.g. laid off/rotated, etc.,) shall be given priority in the selection. (PIA) [top]

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