Gov’t lifts ban on deployment of health workers abroad

The government officially lifted the temporary ban on the deployment of nurses, nursing aides and nursing assistants abroad, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

The nurses’ deployment shall be subject to travel restrictions of the host country and execution of a declaration that the deployed nurses are aware of the health risks.

The POEA’s policy-making body, led by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello, said, “With regard to other workers and allied health-care workers, the moratorium and temporary suspension shall remain effective.”

The POEA further said the annual deployment limit of 5,000 newly hired nurses imposed by the Cabinet-level Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases will take effect next year.

The IATF said the limit was imposed “taking into consideration the national demand for health care vis-a-vis the number of (health-care workers)” during the pandemic.

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