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205 Davao nurse-trainees deployed

Davao City (20 October) -- A total of 205 nurse-trainees will be deployed starting Oct 15, 2009 and will end on April 10, 2010. The orientation of nurse trainees for the 2nd batch will be conducted simultaneously on Oct 15-16, 2009 in Tagum City; Mati, Davao Oriental; Digos City; and Nabunturan, Compostela Valley province.

The 1st batch (171) nurse-trainees successfully completed the 6 months Training and Employment last Sept 30, 2009 with a culmination program held Wednesday (Oct 14) at Apung Kula, Bajada, Davao City.

Certificates of completion were handed by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XI Director Jalilo dela Torre; Dr. Annabelle Yumang of DOH XI; and Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) XI Director Josephine Villegas-Liamzon, who gave their respective messages including DOLE ARD Ofel Domingo who also gave an inspirational talk.

All certificates of completion bared the signatures of Secretaries of DOLE and DOH; and Chairman PRC for the 6-month employment program under project NARS (Nurse Assigned in Rural Service) and having acquired the beginning professional nursing competencies.

DOLE XI Project NARS regional coordinator, Hannah Badilles explained that NARS is built within the framework of the Economic Resiliency Plan of the Arroyo Administration and the DOH's Formula One for Health that aims to mitigate the impact of the global financial crisis, to save and create as many jobs as possible and expand social protection and help achieve better health service and care for the people especially those in the poorest municipalities of the country.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (in February 2009) launched the project NARS to address the glut in inexperienced nurses and improve the delivery of healthcare services to our population.

Project NARS mobilizes the unemployed registered nurses to the 1,000 poorest municipalities in the country at an average of five nurses per municipality in two batches, for a six months tour of duty. (PIA XI/DOLE XI) [top]

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