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PIA Press Release
2009/06/05

DOLE to hire 40 NARS on June 12

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

Dumaguete City (June 5) -- The local Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has announced some 40 nursing graduates are expected to be hired for the second batch opening of the Nurses Assigned in Rural Areas (NARS) program during this June 12 jobs fair at Quezon Park, this city.

DOLE Labor Employment Officer, Kenrick Villaluz said these nurses will be distributed to the 20 low income municipalities in Negros Oriental in October. The identified towns which lack medical personnel will receive two nurses each. The nurse will earned P8,000 per month working in a hospital or municipal health clinic, he said.

The first batch of 40 nurses employed under the NARS program was already assigned to the towns for a six-month tour of duty in February, this year.

However, DOLE issued some qualifications for applicants. They need to be licensed nurses but no related nursing experience yet, aged 35 years and below, and must be residents to a particular beneficiary-town.

NARS is DOLE's contribution to the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo designed to help Filipinos cope with the current global downturn in business, investment, employment and other economic activities.

DOLE official said they are encouraging interested nurses to participate in the N.A.R.S. program which is a unique employment opportunity and more beneficial to nurses because they will not only be given a monthly stipend but they will also undergo a training program developed by the Board of Nursing.

However, DOLE issued some qualifications for applicants. They need to be licensed nurses, aged 35 years and below, and must be residents of the 1,000 beneficiary-towns.

For easy application, the DOLE has opened a website www.nars.gov.dole.ph. The online site provides application forms that may be filled up or downloaded. (PIA/JCT) [top]

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