DOH WANTS TO MAINTAIN DEPLOYMENT CAP FOR HEALTH WORKERS

DOH WANTS TO MAINTAIN DEPLOYMENT CAP FOR HEALTH WORKERS

By Glen S. Ramos
MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) today (Thursday) said that the deployment cap for healthcare workers should be maintained to address the shortage of healthcare manpower.
According to DOH-Officer-in-charge Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire, they would like to sustain the current status and that there will be no increase in the deployment of healthcare workers abroad.

“The current migration of healthcare workers is one of the reasons we are facing a shortage in manpower in the health sector. There is a shortage of around 106,000 healthcare workers in healthcare facilities nationwide, both public and private.”

“Kung titignan po natin, kailangan lagi binabalanse ‘yun pong ating production doon sa migration o kaya doon sa mga na-de-deploy natin,” Vergeire stated.

“Hanggang kulang pa po ang produksyon sa mga specific healthcare workers profession na ito, sana po ‘yung deployment cap natin ay manatili na lamang sa dati.”

“We will be meeting with the Department of Migrant Workers and the Department of Labor and Employment to address these concerns. And we will be coming up with what incentives we can give to them in order for them to stay and not leave the country,” Vergerie said.

“And also, what benefits, like scholarships, exchange programs our health workers could get from other countries that profit from these deployments.”

(ai/mtvn)

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