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Only 1.1K health workers left PH in April: DOLE

Only 1.1K health workers left PH in April: DOLE
By Ferdinand Patinio
MANILA – Only 1,107 health workers left the country in April after the government allowed them to report back to their jobs abroad, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Friday.

“Our total deployment for the month of April is only 1,107. Before that, 200,000-plus for the months of January, February, and March. When it happened, 99 percent were not able to leave and less than 1 percent were able to leave,” Bello said in a virtual press briefing.

He noted that the workers allowed to leave the country despite the deployment ban were those who have completed their papers before March 8.

“There is a deployment ban but there is an exception. And it refers to the nurses and medical workers who completed all of their papers for deployment before March 8. Those with complete papers before March 8, they were allowed,” Bello said.

Aside from medical workers, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) also allowed the deployment of seafarers but only a few of them left the country.

“Recently, the IATF approved the deployment of seafarers. But again, though there was a decision to allow the deployment of our seafarers, there (were) only a few of them (who left) – maybe because the processing of their papers is slow since many agencies only have skeletal force. This is only for the health sector because of the exemption and recently seafarers but there is no movement since the manning agencies are still on lockdown,” he added.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has temporarily suspended the deployment of health care workers to ensure that the country has a sufficient number of health workers amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

However, early last month, the IATF issued a resolution allowing those whose papers had been processed before March 8 to report back to their work abroad. (PNA)

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