DOLE plans to limit deployment of nurses abroad

Department of Labor and Employment is planning to limit the deployment of Filipino nurses abroad due to shortage of these health professionals working in the country.

Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III said that officials of Philippine Nurses Association appealed to him to make this move to address shortage of nurses.

“All the while akala ko may oversupply tayo ‘yun pala, ‘yung mga nurses na nagbo-board, nagta-training sila ng two years dito and then they leave,” Bello said at the sidelines of the Independence Day job fair in Manila.

[READ: PNA issued statement regarding Sec. Bello’s interview.]

Bello said the move still requires legislation. They will also recommend to increase the salary of nurses.

“‘Yan ang instruction ng Presidente, bigyan ng increase hindi lang ang nurses, hindi lang teachers kundi lahat ng nasa gobyerno,” Bello said.

Bello also called on hospitals to stop abusing nurses in order to encourage them to stay.

“‘Wag niyo naman pagsamantalahan ang ating mga nurse dahil ang ginagawa ninyo,’yung nurse na board passer na gusto magtrabaho para magkaroon ng enough experience para makapunta abroad, sila pa ang pinagbabayad ninyo ng training fees instead of giving them rightful salaries,” he said.

The Labor department’s possible move to slow down deployment may not sit well with nurses looking for job abroad where pay is more than double or triple of what they earn in the Philippines.

According to DOLE, an entry level registered nurse receives a salary of P8,000 – P13,500 per month.

In the government, the average salary per month is around P13,500 while in the private sector, the rate average is around P10,000 per month.

Overseas, the pay scale is way above local rates with the US market offering an average salary of $3,800 per month, the United Kingdom with £1,662, and Canada with $4,097 for entry level. (via News5)

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13 thoughts on “DOLE plans to limit deployment of nurses abroad

  • June 12, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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    OR JUST INCREASE THE FILIPINO NURSES’ SALARY, MAYBE? HOPE YOU GET THE HINT. IF NOT, WELL, TOO SLOW? WAG NA PO KAYO MAGTAKA KASI INAABUSO NIYO NA PO KAMING NURSES. TAPOS ISANG TAWAG LANG NG IBANG PROFESSION NAGHIHIKAHOS KAYONG GUMALAW. KAMI DIN KAYA ANG MAG STRIKE FOR A WEEK? ANO KAYANG GAGAWIN NIYO?

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    • June 12, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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      Tama ka po….just imagine hospitals without a single nurse even for just a day!! Tsk tsk I cannot imagine….how much more pag a week na😷😷

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  • June 12, 2019 at 9:15 pm
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    Talino nyo. kahit hindi nyo pa pawork abroad mga nurse dito.hindi na talaga yan babalik magtrabaho sa hospital kung may mahanap na trabaho dito sa pinas na may desenting sweldo. kung hinahanap nila mga nurse. punta sila sa mga call center. maraming mga nurse doon na ngshift ng trabaho.

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  • June 12, 2019 at 11:51 pm
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    its easy to say but the problem at all is salary increase the salary of nurses this is the best way to convience them to stay in our country give them the right benefits aswell thats the solution,other wise you cannot control them if they want to go any country were they want to go

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  • June 13, 2019 at 5:53 am
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    Department of Labor and Employment. Provide the nurses a better pay, excellent benefits and working condition. Most of all respect their choice where they would like to work. Nurses got freedom where to work abroad if they choose to as the government did not pay for their studies. It is their basic human right to chose a better life for themselves and their extended family. Listen to their voices.

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  • June 13, 2019 at 9:30 am
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    kung dako pag sweldo ang mga nurses dris pilipinas, wa joy manggawas, dili lalim mag toon og med courses.. sweldohan lang tag 13k ang buwan…

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    • June 13, 2019 at 9:54 am
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      Most nurses under goverment are “job orders” contractual, 250/day, 8 days work per 15days, no work no pay, no sick leaves urgent leaves, ANNUAL and any other leaves, i received 1575php/15 days as my starting pay, then 2400/15days after 2 years.. In 1 ward there are 2 senior nurses that are regular”permanent”, and the rest of the nurses are job orders(about 20++). Do you think this is enough pay for BSN NLE passers? Think first DOLE.
      Note: this is “provincial” hospital. A goverment hospital hoping i can be a permanent gov employee after experience but 4 years past nothing change…

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      • June 13, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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        Ayusin niyo muna pasahod, benepisyo at systema sa pinas bago niyo pakialaman ang karapatan namin mamimili kung saan at kanino magtatrabaho. Huwag naman puro sa inyo na lang, kaya kami nagtatrabaho para mabuhay hindi para mamatay sa gutom. Huwag kayong epal..

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    • June 17, 2019 at 8:07 pm
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      Itaas ang sahod at benefesyo ng mga RN sa pinas …wag patagalin bago mahuli ang lahat..patuloy talaga aalis kung ganyan kaliit ang pasahod dito sa pinas.

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  • June 13, 2019 at 8:24 pm
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    Para bagang sila gumastos sa pagpaaral. Gawin nyo yan sa nagtapos ng nursing as scholars ng gobyerno. But for those who invested all their parent’s sweat and tears to be able to send their daughter through nursing career saan hustisya kung iban silang kumita abroad para naman kahon sa kahirapan pamilya? Totoo daming nurses sa call center. Big yan ng oportunidad na magamit ang ka inang Pinag aralan, bigyan ng trabaho sa ospital kung merong ka kulang an for nurses.

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  • June 14, 2019 at 9:20 pm
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    Shortage of nurses and Limiting the deployment of nurses abroad as a solution is one way of looking at the situation. But they need to dig deeper to find the root cause of the problem and to develop solutions that is target specific.

    Deployment abroad is not the only culprit here. I know a lot of nurses whose jobs are not vertically aligned with their bachelor’s training. Many of them are in call centers, some are doing business which is non health related business line, some are teaching while others are in insurance industry or real estate.

    In case people in the important seats are unaware, here’s the reality:
    – nurses who opt to work in the government start as an unpaid volunteer in the hospital for years. They even become victims to harassment and bullying as they are the ones expected to carry all the heavy loads with no rights to complain. Despite all these, they still dont get hired as management thinks these nurses needed volunteer experience to add to their work profile for opportunities abroad.
    – those who opt to work in private hospitals do so with the awareness that the competition is very stiff while the pay is very low. This work is so competitive that nurses would spend additional cost to have master’s units or even degree to have a better chance at getting the job. And the pay rate is like a joke considering the legal liabilities that a nurse carry.

    We cannot call out heroism from nurses this way. We don’t live in Florence Nightingale’s era anymore and comparing her with the current nurses will only show ignorance of the profession. For one, Florence lived in war period while we dont; second, Florence came from a rich family that she doesn’t have to worry about her day to day needs, she only needs to worry on the wounded soldiers’ condition while our nurses became one so they can provide for their families.

    So personally, this recommendation lacks a firm ground to stand and it certainly lacks credibility.

    I strongly recommend to study this phenomenon further and the solutions should be financially viable to the affected professionals.

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  • June 15, 2019 at 12:36 am
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    Ang pinoy forever late. Late comers, late maka realize whats lost, late always. Karun, late move nasad kay late naka realize na wa nay nurse. Hahai. Pinoy pride wa sa lugar. Maka sad.

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  • June 15, 2019 at 10:01 am
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    I do believe,there were still an over supply of nurses here in PHP, the only thing is that they have changed their field of profession & indulged in different field. The government should be acting on salary standardization as compared to other profession. No wonder the intended allocated budget of Health was just a portion of the National Budget, because health care is not a priority in this country despite change of Admin. Universal Health Care appears to be promising but without any planning and any idea on how to sustain it…How many times the nurses kept on fighting regarding the wage hike but it was left to be on deaf ears? Now before suggesting or putting in mind something like “slowing down the deployment” better yet think of having a hypothetical solution on the present situation of nurses. Moreover, the Gov’t should be ashamed of themselves on how they have unfairly treated Filipino Nurses.

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