The deployment ceiling in the Philippines of healthcare workers (HCWs) that were just hired abroad has been raised. An additional 1,500 have been allowed per year, bringing the total to 6,500. In a statement, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) made the move on Thursday, June 17.
According to Filipino Nurses United secretary-general Jocelyn Andamo, over 200,000 nursing graduates aren’t working in the medical industry given that the healthcare sector has paltry compensation and benefits. There is a hope that the ban on deployment will be lifted entirely.
There was a 5,000-HCW quota imposed in 2020 by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). It happened amidst the pandemic battle in the country. For healthcare workers that are under government-to-government labor agreements, the adjusted ceiling does not apply.
On the other hand, healthcare workers with perfected contracts as of May 31 are part of the adjusted limit. The total deployment ban on healthcare workers leaving was imposed back in November. Government data found that nearly 17,000 Filipino nurses signed work contracts overseas in 2019 alone.
The Philippines is one of the biggest sources of nurses across the world.