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We need to send more nurses and scientists to earn dollars abroad

We need to send more nurses and scientists to earn dollars abroad

IN two previous articles I cited the low monthly wage here given to Pinay nurses in public and private hospitals. There are government agencies that recommended "small policies" to stop them from working abroad for the benefit of the people’s health. These agencies don’t have facts and figures, other than small logic, to support their claim of danger to our people’s health.

Nurses earn $ 2,500 to $ 3,000 in US

In RP, nurses earn less than P15,000 monthly against P140,000 ($ 2,500 plus) to P184,000 ($ 3,000 plus) as starting pay or a visible 12.27 times the pay of their kin in RP.

Before retirement not all nurses here get an average pay of R20,000 plus as basis for computing their benefits. Some of them claim their retirement benefits cannot pay off their accumulated utang over the years. Most of them retire at age 65 without a house of their own.

$ 5,000 to $ 7,000 before retirement

In the US, Pinay nurses enjoy a pay of $ 5,000 to $ 7,000 plus after working for 30 years or more (P265,000 to P371,000).

And before retirement their parents live in better surrounding after working in the US for 10 years or more. Last year, my first cousin retired as nursing supervisor earning more than ,000 monthly in Manhattan. She won’t tell me her worth — savings and benefits.

Surplus of nurses

This week, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) released the list of 17,821 nurses was passed the licensure test given in June, 2006 in Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.

All 17,821 of them need to earn immediately to repay their parents’ utang from 5/6 bankers (earning an interest of 20 percent monthly or 240 percent yearly).

Office to find jobs for nurses abroad

According to one analyst the government should create an office to study seriously how to deploy all 17,821 nurses among the more affluent countries in North America and Europe. If only a few of them get employed how could their parents pay the 5/6 bankers?

If we don’t send a large part of their number to work abroad who can give them immediate jobs in RP?

In RP national, city and provincial hospitals are so impoverished that they cannot afford extra health personnel who need a note from politicians.

$ 100-M windfall

Our 17,821 nurses all working abroad can send at least $ 100 M a year or P5.3 B. Our bill for rice import of 1.65 M metric tons — January to June alone — is about P480 M. We have no idea how many thousands of tons RP will import from China, Thailand, and Vietnam for July to December, 2006.


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