The government has urged nursing graduates to get clinical experience in the country during the coronavirus pandemic, saying they will likely be in demand by headhunters for overseas work afterwards.
According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, nursing graduates can apply for vacant positions in local hospitals and “prove your worth” before leaving the country.
“Speaking as someone with experience in the recruitment industry of nurses, ‘yung mga bagong graduates at saka yung mga hindi na po clinical kinakailangan po, kung gusto niyo magtrabaho abroad, magkaroon po kayo ng clinical experience dito (Speaking as someone with experience in the recruitment industry of nurses, to the new graduates and those who have no clinical experience, if you want to work abroad, better have clinical experience here),” Roque said during a televised press briefing at the Palace Monday.
“Kapag kayo ay nag-apply dito sa emergency recruitment ng ating gobyerno at nagtrabaho po habang may COVID, naku pag-aagawan kayo lalo pag matapos itong pandemic na ito dahil with your clinical experience at the time of COVID you would become the subject of headhunters (If you apply in the emergency recruitment of the government and work during COVID, you will be in high demand especially after the pandemic. Because with your clinical experience at the time of COVID, you would become the subject of headhunters),” he said.
Roque asked the health workers to be patient and render service in the country in the meantime.
“Charity begins at home. Mayroon naman po tayong bakanteng mga posisyon. Dito na muna sana tayo magtrabaho (We have vacant positions here. Let us work here for the meantime),” he said.
“Konting pasensya na lang po (Have a little patience). Take advantage of the opportunity to prove your worth in the Philippines as clinical nurses,” he added.
The government has temporarily suspended the overseas deployment of health workers during the coronavirus emergency. Only health workers with verified work contracts as of March 8 as well as workers returning to their employers abroad are allowed to leave the country.
Apart from helping augment the health workforce, Roque explained that the government’s deployment restrictions on health workers were also meant to ensure their protection.
He said the main consideration of President Duterte and the government task force is to ensure the health of the Filipino medical workers who may be deployed to places with higher cases of infections.
“We are number 22 in the world as far as number of COVID cases and most of those leaving are going to places with higher (number of) cases,” he said.