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DOLE trains 260 nurses under Project NARS in Cagayan Valley

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (October 19) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is in the process of training the second batch of nurses who availed of the Nurses Assigned in Rural Areas (NARS) in Cagayan Valley.

DOLE Regional Director Grace Y. Ursua said the second batch of 260 registered nurses have attended scheduled orientations in October 15 & 16, 2009 for the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya & Quirino and on October 19 & 20, 2009 in Cagayan and Isabela under the NARS program.

"Project NARS is designed by the national government to mobilize unemployed registered nurses to the identified poorest municipalities of the region to improve the delivery of health care services," she said.

The recipient nurses came from the 50 identified poorest municipalities in the five provinces of the region.

There were 95 applicants from Cagayan, 85 came from Isabela, 40 from Nueva Vizcaya, 30 from Quirino & 10 from Batanes.

The trainees will be provided with Nurse's kit which is composed of a back-pack bag, set of forceps, disposable hand gloves, digital thermometer, alcohol, bethadine, diagnostic lamp and flashlights with batteries for emergency purposes before their deployment to rural areas.

Project NARS is being implemented in line with the pump priming strategies under the Economic Resiliency Plan of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Arroyo's administration inorder to mitigate the impact of the global financial crisis, save and create as many jobs as possible and to expand social protection.

Through the convergence implementation by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Health (DOH) & the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), there will be awarding of certificates of completion to the first batch of 141 Nurses under the program.

There were 54 graduates coming from the province of Cagayan, 53 in Isabela, 19 in Nueva Vizcaya and 15 in Quirino. They were applicants from the 32 identified poorest municipalities in the region.

The recipients started with the six–month training cum deployment program on April 2009 where they were assigned to render services in rural health units for three months and another three months on clinical services in the 18 identified hospitals in the region.

Beneficiaries of the program expressed gratitude to the proponents because of the opportunity given to them in enhancing their skills in clinical and rural health services.

The training will also serve as a merit for their qualifications which will be used in seeking job in and outside the country. (bme/PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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