Good news to all nurses and health workers who have existing contracts abroad! You may now leave the country as you are not covered by temporary ban recently issued by Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. announced the news Monday on his Twitter account, few days after slamming the POEA order of temporary deployment ban as unconstitutional.
“DONE. NURSES, other health workers with existing contracts of work abroad can leave,” Locsin posted.
In a series of tweets, Locsin previously expressed his disagreement with the government policy of temporarily stopping the deployment of health workers. He vowed to fight the ban in the Interagency Task Force (IATF) and in the Cabinet.
POEA issued a memorandum suspending the deployment of doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers abroad in the hopes of preserving the local frontline force against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Locsin added that “future applications frozen until further notice provided all our 450,000+ nurses—exceeding by 250,000 ideal WHO ratio of people-to-nurses—must be given employment.”
He thanked fellow Cabinet members Presidential Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. for supporting his efforts in favor of the health workers.