ARMM guv leads screening of Nurse Deployment Program
January 21, 2014 12:12 pm
COTABATO CITY, Jan. 21 — Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Tuesday announced he will personally lead the screening committee for Nurse Deployment Program of the Department of Health in the region.
"This is to dispel reports and complaints of favoritism in the selection of nurses of RN-HEALS program," Hataman told reporters amid reports of those landing the nursing works were not qualified.
RN-HEALS stands for Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Services but starting this year it will be called the NDP or the Nurse Deployment Program.
"I want to personally know the selection process for Maguindanao applicants," Hataman said, adding that he wanted to know whether the applicants are residents of Maguindanao, a licensed nurse and determined to serve.
Hataman also wanted to know if the applicants really passed the assessment and evaluation conducted by the Department of Health.
"Your skills and qualifications are your passes, not recommendation from politicians or anyone," Hataman told the nurse-applicants.
Hataman said he wanted all the processes to be transparent and above board. "This is what we are advocating and it will remain that way," Hataman, who instituted major reforms in the resources rich but graft-ridden regional bureaucracy, said.
Dr. Kadil Sinolinding, ARMM health chief, said the desire of the regional governor to personally supervise the screening process will erase all doubts and misconception about the process.
He assured that Maguindanao applicants have undergone an open to the public evaluation and assessments.
Aside from their qualifications and skills, the nurses applicants must have a certification letter from the local government unit to determine and ensure that the aspirant is a legitimate resident of the locality where he will be assigned and deployed.
Nurses under the NDP will have a monthly salary of P18,000 which is higher as compared to nurses who served under the RN-HEALS program.
Of the P18,000, the local government unit where the nurse was to serve will shoulder the P2,000.
Sinolinding said beginning this month, the RN-HEALS will be called Nurse Deployment Program with corresponding guidelines.
The guidelines aims to standardize the implementation of the project, provide framework and strategies, and give direction to the program managers, implementers and other stakeholders.
The main points of the guidelines showed that nurses will be assigned in the conditional cash transfer areas of the Department of Social Welfare and Development; nurses shall be hired on Contract of Services; contract is for 6 months and renewable for a maximum of two years based on a very satisfactory performance; nurses will be awarded certificate of employment after completion of deployment; and, that application is open to all nurses with official and validated PRC license but graduates of RN-HEALS projects will be prioritized. (PNA)