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ASEAN pact to benefit nurses -- TUCP

ASEAN pact to benefit nurses -- TUCP

By Jerome Aning
Last updated 08:49pm (Mla time) 08/26/2006

THE Trade Union Congress of the Philippines on Friday said that Filipino nurses could look forward to greater employment opportunities abroad in the coming months with the scheduled adoption of a new agreement liberalizing the trade in professional nursing services within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

“Our nurses can count on easier access to the lucrative job markets of Asean members once the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) on Nursing Services comes into force,” said Ernesto Herrera, TUCP secretary general.

The agreement will definitely be signed during the 12th Asean Summit in Cebu in December, according to the former senator.

“The covenant essentially means that Philippine-licensed nurses will be automatically recognized as nurse practitioners by other Asean members,” Herrera said.

Asean is composed of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma (Myanmar), the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Herrera said the MRA would expedite the recognition of the qualifications of Filipino nurses and, thus, facilitate their recruitment and deployment within Asean.

“This means our nurses do not have to take the national nurse licensure examinations of other Asean members to be able to practice in those countries,” he said.

He said that right now, for example, Singapore recognizes nurses from Malaysia and Brunei, but the city-state does not recognize nurses from the Philippines.

For a Filipino nurse to practice in Singapore, he or she has to pass the city-state’s nurse eligibility test.

At present, most of the 4,000 foreign nurses working in Singapore are Filipinos. They all had to pass Singapore’s nurse licensure test, Herrera said.

“The Philippines will be the MRA’s biggest beneficiary, since we are now the world’s biggest exporter of nurses,” he said, adding that since the MRA is mutual, the country would also automatically recognize nurses from other Asean members.

Herrera said the MRA is part of a free trade agreement initiative that had been in the works for years and was finalized only this month, ahead of the December summit.


mag-oobject jan c mr. ang & the ust pipol! sasabihin nila hindi pde mga 2006 board passers kasi hindi sila competent! sa katunayan kaya incompetent ung mga pumapasang nurses kasi incompetent din mga mentors nila! o dba mga ust pipol???

hahaha! nakatawa talaga kayo. hindi ba ninyo naisip na kung ano ang sinasabi ninyo ay bumabalik din sa inyo? parang boomerang! si mr. ang naman habang putak ng putak, lumalbas din na hindi niya naiiintindihan ang kanyang pinagsasabi! :p

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