DOLE Davao to deploy 205 nurse-trainees all over the region

October 18, 2009 10:17 pm 

DAVAO CITY, Oct. 19 – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here will be deploying a total of 205 nurse-trainees to different areas of the Davao Region.

DOLE regional director Jalilo dela Torre said the deployment of the nurse-trainees started last October 15 and will end on April 10, 2010.

Dela Torre said the first batch with 171 nurse-trainees successfully completed the six-month training last September 30, while the second batch of 137 nurse-trainees finished and graduated last October 14.

They will be assigned simultaneously in Tagum City, Davao del Norte; Mati, Davao Oriental; Digos City, Davao del Sur; and Nabunturan, Compostela Valley province.

Dela Torre said two batches of nurses completed the six-month employment program under project Nurse Assigned in Rural Service (NARS) and having acquired the beginning professional nursing competencies.

Project NARS regional coordinator Hannah Badilles said NARS is built within the framework of the Economic Resiliency Plan of the Arroyo administration and the Department of Health (DOH) Formula One for Health.

It aims to mitigate the impact of the global financial crisis to save and create as many jobs as possible and expand social protection and help achieve better health service and care for the people especially those in the poorest municipalities of the country.

In February this year, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo launched the project NARS to address the glut in inexperienced nurses and improve the delivery of healthcare services to the population.

Project NARS mobilizes the unemployed registered nurses to the 1,000 poorest municipalities in the country at an average of five nurses per municipality in two batches, for a six months tour of duty.

Meanwhile, de la Torre announced that Jobs Fair for Nurses is slated on October 21 at NCCC mall in celebration of the 52nd Philippine Nurses week. (PNA) LDV/RBP/lvp

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