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Monday, September 1, 2008

Surplus of 400,000 Nurses in RP - PRC

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Raymund F. Antonio

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) yesterday said that the Philippines has a surplus of registered nurses and is capable of sending them overseas to meet the growing demand for Filipino nurses abroad.

PRC Commissioner Ruth Padilla said the surplus of nurses in the Philippines is 400,000, enough to meet the manpower requirements in hospitals in Saudi Arabia, Canada, US, and European countries.

"The vacancies for our nurses in both private and public hospitals reach 60,000. But we are producing over 100,000 registered professional nurses every year," Padilla said.

The PRC commissioner added that the excess supply of nurses resulted from the lack of employment opportunities in private and public hospitals in the country.

"We do not have additional positions in the government for them. Morever, private hospitals cannot accommodate the surplus of nurses," Padilla said.

Data from the PRC showed that the number of Nursing graduates who are taking the licensure exams yearly continues to increase.

In 2007, more than 100,000 nurses took the board exams administered by the PRC in two batches in 10 regional offices nationwide.

However, only less than half of the number of examinees usually pass the licensure exam every year, according to the PRC.

Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has formed a task force to handle preparations for the coming second Global Forum on Migration and Development in October.

The task force, headed by Ciriaco Lagunzad, executive director of the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), has initially convened and tackled plans for the event to be hosted by the Philippines.

"The Philippines, as host of the event, underscores the recognition of the country’s productive role in OFW deployment and its vigorous efforts to promote migrant rights and protection," Labor Secretary Marianito D. Roque said.

Participating in the forum on migration and development are top labor officials from 180 different countries.


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