The Department of Health (DOH) released Monday, April 1, an official statement to give an update on the status of deployment of nurses, midwives, dentists and other health workers under the Human Resource for Health (HRH) program.
HRH is an annual deployment program of DOH which sends health workers to poor communities and rural areas in the country. Around 25,000 health workers were deployed last year, but only 6,000 were hired in the first quarter of this year as the department is running under a 2018 reenacted budget after Senate and House of Representatives weren’t able to pass the 2019 nation budget on time.
The health department said that they are taking actions to support thousands of nurses and other health workers who have been jobless due to delayed signing of this year’s budget.
DOH assured nurses waiting for opportunity under HRH that ‘efficient processing of hiring and deployment once the GAA (national budget) is signed.’
Read the full statement below:
Official Statement: Update on HRH deployment 01 April 2019
On 26 March 2019, the Senate has signed and transmitted the proposed national budget for 2019 to the Office of the President. The Department of Health (DOH) welcomes this positive development. As we wait for the enactment of the General Appropriations Act (GAA), the DOH has taken the following actions to give further support to our health workers.
First, the DOH central office has instructed the regional offices to release the list of health workers for deployment. This will give our health workers certainty and opportunity to make a well-informed decision.
Second, the DOH central office has also instructed the regional offices to ensure efficient processing of hiring and deployment once the GAA is signed.
Third, as a matter of urgency, the DOH has already requested COMELEC for an exemption from the election ban policy for our health workers, in case the GAA is signed during the election period.
We understand the difficulty of the situation and we commit to giving our health workers as much support and assurance. We will get through this together.