The Department of Health (DOH) in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department Labor and Employment (DOLE) will launch this month 'RN HEALS' an acronym for - Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement And Local Service.
The project seeks to make essential health services available to all Filipinos by training and deploying 10,000 unemployed nurses in communities covered by the Health Facilities Enhancement Program of DOH and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or the Conditional Cash Transfer Program of the DSWD.
It is also expected to address the shortage of skilled and experienced nurses in 1,221 rural and unserved and underserved communities throughout the country for one year.
Registered nurses who are physically and mentally fit, and willing to serve in their respective municipalities may apply online at the DOLE or DOH website (www.dole.gov.ph or www.doh.gov.ph) from January 17 to February 4.
The list of successful applicants with their area of assignments shall be posted online at the DOLE website from February 1-10. An orientation shall be held on February 11-12 in their provincial centers of assignment by the regional DOH, DSWD, Professional Regulation Commission – Board of Nursing and the Philippine Nurses Association prior to deployment tentatively scheduled on February 14.
While on deployment, the nurses will be given an allowance of P8,000 a month by the DOH while the local government unit (LGU), where they are assigned shall supervise them, will ensure their safety, security, and provide them modest board and lodging. The LGUs are also encouraged to provide additional allowances and benefits worth at least P2,000 for these nurses.
On the other hand, PhilHealth and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will provide group insurance to the nurses while private corporations are encouraged to chip in through their available resources.
DOLE shall undertake the recruitment and selection of these nurses through its Regional Offices.
In Zamboanga del Sur, of the 26 municipalities and 1 city, a total of 57 nurses are being deployed in 186 Barangay Health Stations throughout the province. With the ideal ratio of 1:20,000 or 1 nurse for every 20,000 population, based on the 2009 annual report of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) each nurse serves an average of 16,476 people of the 939,134 population of the province. (pia9/zambosur/c. lanipa)