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DOLE IX to immediately hire nurses under NARS program

by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

Zamboanga City (2 June) -- The Department of Labor and Employment regional office 9 is hiring nurses starting today under the government's Nurse Assigned in Rural Services (NARS) program.

DOLE IX Regional Director Potenciano Ligutom said this is part of the government's emergency livelihood program to cushion the impact of the global economic crisis.

DOLE is set to hire 340 nurses from region 9 except for Zamboanga City, Dipolog City, Pagadian City and the municipality of Diplahan in Zamboanga Sibugay Province. However, DOLE is still encouraging those interested from the said places to apply just in case there will still be vacant positions to be filled up.

NARS program will run for 6 months w/ this batch to be deployed on October 3, 2009. This will be "training-cum-employment" for nurses w/ 5 nurses to be deployed per municipality or city. A nurse under this program will receive a monthly stipend of P8,000 and may still be increased if the host local government will offer a counterpart. The LGUs may also be asked to provide PhilHealth and group insurance to nurse-trainees.

Applicants may apply online at To qualify for this program, applicants must be registered nurses w/ valid nurse license issued by PRC, not more than 35 years of age, resident of the identified municipalities, and last but not least, applicants should have no nursing related practice for the past 1-3 years. Nurse applicants who are dependents of workers laid off or rotated due to the global economic crisis will be prioritized. Applicants may also go to DOLE 9 office for manual application.

This "Training-cum-employment" project is jointly being implemented by DOLE, DOH and the Professional Regulation Commission-Board of Nursing (PRC-BON) w/ the goal of creating a pool of 10,000 nurses who are adequately trained w/ enhance clinical and public health competencies available for local and overseas employment, promoting the health of the people thru improved delivery of nursing and healthcare services in the 1,000 poorest municipalities and bringing the government closer to the people.

This program was launched by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo last February 9, 2009 during the multi-sectoral summit on "Joining Hands Against the Global Crisis", in Malacanang. (PIA ZC) [top]

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