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Filipino nurses and healthcare workers are on the frontlines of hospitals worldwide.

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Travel ban on Filipino nurses: Philippines considers easing rule

 

MANILA – The Philippines is considering easing a travel ban on Filipino nurses and medical professionals, according to the presidential spokesman on Thursday (September 17).

Thousands of nurses have appealed to the government of President Rodrigo Duterte to allow them to travel for jobs abroad. Filipino nurses and healthcare workers are on the frontlines of hospitals worldwide.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque told a media briefing that a proposal to ease the travel ban would be made on Monday to Duterte, who will decide on the matter.

Currently, only Filipino healthcare workers with existing job contracts as of March 8 have been allowed to travel abroad.

The labour minister has proposed expanding travel ban exemptions on those with job contracts abroad as of August 31.

Labour minister Silvestre Bello told nurses on September 11 he was confident the president would support his proposal to relax the travel ban.

Bello said the total lifting of the ban was “under serious study”.

“While we don’t want our nurses to leave, they are at a disadvantage. They don’t have jobs here and even if they did, the salary is low,” Bello said. ICA/Expat Media


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