The Region 1 Project Management Team of the Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service headed by the Department of Health-Center for Health Development has announced that 522 nurses will be deployed starting today to identified local government units regionwide.

The nurses who were selected from among 4,529 registrants will provide health services to 72 municipalities identified under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Conditional Cash Transfer Program.

“After the recruitment and selection process conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment, the successful applicants were found to be the most qualified among those who registered on-line,” DOLE 1 Director Henry John Jalbuena said.

He explained that the DOLE had to strictly adhere to the criteria prescribed in the guidelines, given the fact that region 1 has been allotted only 522 slots as against the huge number of registrants.

“The RN Heals is one of the strategies conceptualized by the government to address the proliferation of the so-called “volunteer nurses” who sometimes even have to pay the hospital to obtain a certificate of work experience,” Jalbuena said.

“The RN Heals aims to reverse that sad fact by even providing the nurse-beneficiaries with stipend while on learning and development,” he said.

Following a learning cum deployment scheme, the nurse-beneficiaries will provide essential health goods and social services at the public and clinical settings, thus addressing the problem on inadequacy of skilled nurses in rural and unserved/underserved communities and health facilities.

“While on learning and development for a period of one year, the nurse-beneficiaries will enhance their competencies on both clinical and preventive health management,” Jalbuena said.

Nationwide, about 10,000 nurses are expected to be deployed to 1,221 identified municipalities in the country.  Within a period of one year, an estimated 2.3 million households will benefit from the delivery of health services and 10,000 families of nurses will benefit from the latter’s allowances amounting to at least P8,000 per month. asv

Last Updated on March 10, 2022 by lopezhn