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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Behind the nursing glut

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For Filipino nurses and nursing students, the promise of a better future is hinged on the perceived huge demand for nurses abroad. As of late, however, it appears that this no longer holds true.
The foreign markets' demand for Filipino nurses remained strong up until the middle of the last decade.


The Philippine Nurses Association, Inc. (PNA) has noted that the demand from top destinations such as the US and the UK already plateaued in 2006 when quotas for visas in the US had already been filled up.


In the UK, the policy shift favoring homegrown health workers also resulted in fewer Filipino nursing recruits.


Data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) showed that about 34,000 nurses were deployed abroad from 1995 to 2001. In 2001 alone the country sent nearly 14,000 nurses to 131 countries.


More recently, in 2009, the number of nurses sent abroad grew by only 6.7% to 13,456 from the previous year. This was much lower than the 40% increase from 9,004 in 2007 to 12,618 in 2008. The decline was attributed to the global economic slowdown -- a sign of the market's susceptibility to external shocks.


Still, Philippines continues to produce more nurses than the domestic and global economies can absorb.


Unofficial estimates now place the oversupply of Filipino nurses at around 150,000 as of 2008. The PNA earlier noted that as many as 1,500 qualified nurses were waiting to be employed by major hospitals in 2008. The waiting period for employment ranges from six to 12 months.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pinoy nurses warned of ‘English language’ scam in NZ

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Migrants' advocacy group Migrante-Aotearoa on Friday warned Filipino nurses planning to work in New Zealand not to fall for a purported English-language proficiency program that’s actually a scam which drives many nurses into debt as their families sell assets at home just to pay for "exorbitant" tuition and recruitment fees.

The scam involves certain recruitment agencies luring nurses with the promise that by undergoing the English language program, they will have a better chance of meeting the English proficiency level required by the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

These agencies further claim that while undergoing the program, nurses may work part-time, or up to 20 hours per week, as healthcare assistants in nursing homes in New Zealand, with which these agencies supposedly have established connections.

Nurses who come to the country through the program, however, have reported it is difficult for them to find jobs especially in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington, which all prioritize the hiring of locals.

“The English study scheme has turned out to be a pathway for many Filipino nurses to become heavily indebted migrant professionals who can only get jobs as caregivers in rest-homes rather than nurses in hospitals in New Zealand," Migrante-Aotearoa national coordinator Dennis Maga said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines news site.

According to Maga, nurses become frustrated as they can hardly pay for the hefty loans they incurred to be able to come to New Zealand, only to end up working 20 hours a week as caregivers and receiving barely-above minimum pay.

The migrant nurses also eke out just enough to pay for very high housing and living costs there, the group added, on top of the average of NZ$12,000 (P372,000) payment for the study course.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Pinoy nurses won’t leave Libya

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Written by : Cristina Lee-Pisco
FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is now in Tunisia to coordinate the efforts of the Philippine government to evacuate the remaining Filipino workers in Libya.

Eduardo Malaya, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said there are about 2,000 Filipinos, mostly nurses, who are still in Tripoli and Benghazi.

Lawyer Rico Foz of the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Affairs said the Filipino nurses refused to leave Libya.

He said DFA officials are on the ground in Malta, Tunisia, Crete and Egypt to assist Filipinos who want to get out of the conflict-stricken nation.

To date, 393 Filipinos have returned home since March 6 with the assistance of the European Union, which provided financial support to assist Third Country nationals fleeing from Libya.

The EU head of delegation, Ambassador Guy Ledoux, said the assistance was part of the European Union’s commitment to provide emergency assistance and relief to the victims of armed conflict outside the EU.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Filipino nurses still in Libya earn locals’ love and respect

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DJ Yap
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Hundreds of Filipino nurses and medical staff who have opted to stay behind in strife-torn Libya are winning the hearts of the locals and improving the reputation of the Philippines in Arab countries, Foreign Undersecretary Esteban Conejos said.

“That's why our nurses deserve our admiration and also, I guess it's the reason Libyan people love Filipinos there,” he said in a briefing upon his return from a two-week visit to Libya and Tunisia on Friday.

Conejos said many of the Filipino nurses, numbering 1,300 in Libya's largest hospital, the Tripoli Medical Center, and another 600 in the Benghazi Medical Center, had decided to stay behind out of professional commitment.

A few dozen nurses, however, have already left Libya, as the Inquirer reported earlier, with at least 70 nurses from two Tripoli hospitals returning to Manila out of fear of getting left behind as the hostilities escalated.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Filipino nurse texted, called home while under rubble in New Zealand

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Boboi Costas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand—“Hindi ko na kaya (I can no longer take it).”

That was the last phone call to friends made by Maria Louise Amantillo, one of the missing Filipino nurses feared trapped under the rubble of the Canterbury Television (CTV) building, which collapsed Tuesday after a 6.3-magnitude quake battered the city of Christchurch, New Zealand.

Amelodin Disalongan, 24, and Joan Bunda, 24, said Louise made more than 10 mobile phone calls to them between the hours of 1 and 5 in the afternoon after the quake struck.

Around that time, Louise was also desperately texting her parents in Iloilo province, telling them she was buried in the rubble and pleading for help, according to the Associated Press.

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POEA sees more demand for Pinoys in Japan

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

AS REPORTS of Japan possibly slipping into recession surface, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) refused to be alarmed and instead see it as an opportunity to send in more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).


In a phone interview, POEA Administrator Carlos Cao said he believes that the tragedy will be providing an opportunity for more Filipino nurses and caregivers to be demanded by Japanese health authorities.


“On the contrary, we think there will be more demands for Filipino nurses and caregivers since the recovery and rehabilitation in Japan will be on a massive level,” said Cao.


Aside from caregivers and nurses, he said the rehabilitation program will also result in the need for more construction workers.


The labor official, however, admitted that there is indeed a possibility that Japan slipping into recession could result to some job losses.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pinoy nurses in Libya torn: Foreign Affairs

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A DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs (DFA) official admitted that the undetermined number of Filipino nurses in Libya remains in their hospitals since the emergency situation has prevented them from leaving.


Unlike other Filipinos in the country, these nurses find it difficult to leave their hospitals, DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis said in a briefing.


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"Right now, I think it's unkind for them to leave (Libya) when they are most needed there," Seguis said last Monday. "In times of emergency, hindi sila basta makaalis doon. Dapat devoted sila sa health ng patients nila."


At least 11,867 of the estimated 26,000 Filipinos living and working in Libya have already left and are out of harm's way.


Last Sunday, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's loyalist troops launched their counter-offensives against anti-government protesters, thus fueling more fears of a protracted civil war in Libya.


However, the DFA official said there is a need for Philippine Embassy officials to bring the matter to the concern of hospital administrators in Tripoli.


"Under [those] circumstances, our officials in Tripoli have to talk to hospital administrators and appeal to them to allow them to leave," he said.


Also under the employment contracts of the nurses, Saguis noted that the hospital operators are the ones responsible for their respective repatriations


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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

PNA Schedule of Seminars for March, April and May 2011 - Continuing Education Program

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Filipino health workers draw praise in Libya

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By Gilbert P. Felongco, Correspondent
Published: 00:00 March 14, 2011

Manila: While most overseas workers in Libya had been trying to leave, Filipina nurses in the embattled North African country are drawing praise for their commitment to their vocation.

Reports reaching Manila said that thousands of Filipino nurses and medical staff have chosen to brave and wait out the several weeks of political strife out of professional commitment.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Esteban Conejos said that despite a move by the Philippine government to offer repatriation to Filipinos who volunteer to get out of Libya, some 8,000 nurses and other medical workers chose to stay despite the obvious risk to their lives.

"Our nurses deserve our admiration and also, I guess it's the reason Libyan people love Filipinos there," he said recently upon his return to Manila at the end of a two-week visit to Libya and Tunisia.

There are 1,300 Filipino nurses employed by the Tripoli Medical Centre — one of the largest hospital in Libya — and a further 600 at the Benghazi Medical Centre

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

2 Ilongga nurses trapped in NZ

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By Boboi Costas
Cebu Daily News

First Posted 08:54:00 02/28/2011

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - Two nurses from Iloilo City who recently arrived here were confirmed to be among those trapped and feared killed in the collapsed Caterbury Television (CTV) building, which collapsed on Feb. 22.

The Filipino flatmates of Maria Louise Amantillo and Valquin Bensurto said they received mobile phone calls for help from the two who were buried in the rubble, but they could not do anything but wait for their rescue.

“Hindi ko na kaya (I can't bear it anymore).”

These words from Amantillo were one of the last phone conversations she had with her flat mates hours after the 6.3-quake struck.

A graduate of the St. Paul University Iloilo, Louise is the second of four siblings of Linda and Alexander Amantillo. She left for New Zealand on Feb. 10, just 12 days before the tragedy, hoping to find work as a nurse.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Missing Cebuano nurses’ kin: We can’t rely on DFA

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Jhunnex Napallacan Joey A. Gabieta Inquirer Visayas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

CEBU CITY—Relatives of the Cebuano nurses trapped in the collapsed Canterbury Television (CTV) building in New Zealand’s earthquake-ravaged Christchurch are disappointed with the Philippine government’s response to the crisis.

Bill Santillan, whose brother-in-law John Kristoffer Chua was among the Filipinos unaccounted for at CTV, said his family asked Philippine agencies for an update on the search and rescue operations in New Zealand after Tuesday’s temblor.

Santillan said he called the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila and the Philippine Embassy in Wellington where he was able to talk with Consul Marcus Punzalan.

Instead of getting information, he ended up giving them more details.


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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Nursing dream fades for Filipinos as UK jobs dry up

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Just over 10 years ago, in a major speech to a nursing conference in Brighton, Tony Blair promised to boost a desperately short-staffed NHS with 20,000 extra nurses. Not even Blair, though, could claim to be able to magic up that many British nurses – training takes at least three years – so instead, the NHS began importing them in huge numbers from across the globe.

They came in droves – particularly from India and the Philippines, where hundreds of private nursing schools were set up to meet this new demand from the UK, and also the US. Before long, every Philippine higher education institution had to have a nursing school or face closure from lack of business. A multitude of recruitment agencies were spawned there too, offering to sort out job, travel and visa for nurses lured by the promise of a lucrative salary on the other side of the world.

A decade later, however, the picture is very different. Britain has retrenched. Cutbacks, coupled with the European Union's rules on free movement of labour, mean few nursing vacancies for anyone from outside Europe these days.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

DFA: 4,222 Libya-repatriated workers arrive here

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By Jun Pasaylo (philstar.com) Updated March 07, 2011 02:19 PM Comments (0)

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs reported to that a total of 4,222 Filipino workers from crisis-torn Libya have safely arrived here as of 6:00 a.m. today.

It also noted that more than 12,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have moved out from Libya and are now housed in various evacuation centers in the Middle East.

DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis said several Filipino nurses in Libya were prevented to join the repatriation as “their contracts stipulated that they are going to serve in emergency situations”.


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Oathtaking Schedule for New Nurses - December 2010 passers

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OATHTAKING FOR: BAGUIO CITY
DATE MARCH 18, 8:30 a.m.


OATHTAKING FOR: LUCENA CITY
DATE MARCH 25, 2011


OATHTAKING FOR: CEBU CITY
DATE MARCH 28, 2011


OATHTAKING FOR: DAVAO CITY
DATE MARCH 23, 2011


OATHTAKING FOR: ILOILO CITY
DATE MARCH 18 OR 21 2011


OATHTAKING FOR: ROXAS CITY
DATE APRIL 5 OR 6 2011


OATHTAKING FOR: BACOLOD CITY
DATE MARCH 22, 2011


OATHTAKING FOR: CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY
DATE:_____


OATHTAKING FOR: ZAMBOANGA CITY
DATE MARCH 20, 2011


OATHTAKING FOR: PAGADIAN CITY
DATE: ______


OATHTAKING FOR: TACLOBAN CITY
DATE MARCH 21, 1:00 p.m.
Tacloban Convention Center


OATHTAKING FOR: TUGUEGARAO
DATE MARCH 23, 2011 9:00 a.m.
CCT Gymnasium, Tuguegarao City


OATHTAKING FOR: LEGASPI CITY
DATE MARCH 29, 2011


OATHTAKING FOR: CARAGA
DATE MARCH 29, 2011


OATHTAKING FOR: GENERAL SANTOS CITY
DATE MARCH 17, 8:00 a.m.
Registration starting on February 21, 2011 at the PNA
Gen.Santos Office located at Santiago Blvd., Gen. Santos City.


OATHTAKING FOR: PANGASINAN (DAGUPAN)
DATE MARCH 23, 2011


OATHTAKING FOR: BOHOL
DATE APRIL 19, 2011


OATHTAKING FOR: LAOAG (VIGAN)
DATE MARCH 17, 2011


OATHTAKING FOR: SAN FERNANDO, LA UNION
DATE MARCH 18, 2011


OATHTAKING FOR: SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY
FOUNDATION UNIVERSITY ST. PAUL'S DUMAGUETE
DATE: _____


OATHTAKING FOR: CABANATUAN
DATE MARCH 25, 2011


OATHTAKING FOR: PALAWAN
DATE MARCH 18, 2011




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