By Junex Doronio
August 12, 2022
Al Jazeera photo courtesy
MANILA — In his bid to strengthen the country’s health sector, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has aired support for the proposal to enforce a “ladderized” program for nurses.
The President supported the measure during Thursday’s meeting with members of the Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC) in Malacañang in which among the issues discussed was the reality that many nurses were leaving the country to work abroad.
“I like the ladderized idea for the nurses because that’s really becoming a problem – the brain drain that we are suffering,” a Malacañang statement quoted PBBM as saying.
It was learned that Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire floated the idea of the ladderized program, which is being observed in the University of the Philippines-Manila and some local government units (LGUs).
“They [Filipino nurses] are so good everybody wants them, and they are willing to pay for it, and we are not, or we’re not able. So we have to come up with some strategies for that,” the President said.
The UP’s ladderized program calls for a two-year scholarship for midwives who, upon course completion, come back to the community to serve, after gaining the necessary experience, they go back to UP Manila, to study nursing for another two years.