COTABATO CITY, Feb. 17 (PIA) – A total of 457 nurses from the provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao Del Sur are now ready to be deployed to their respective assignments under the Nurses Deployment Program 2014.
Some 203 nurses from Maguindanao and 254 from Lanao Del Sur were accepted by region’s health department after a series of examinations and interviews last month.
The nurses will be assigned in areas which need more health service providers like district hospitals, barangay health stations, rural health units and birthing homes around the province.
According to ARMM Health Secretary Sinolinding, nurses employed under the NDP will be hired as Nurse I and will be counted as government service providers through a contract entitling them to receive Salary Grade 11, which is more than P18,000.00 monthly.
“Nurses under the NDP will have a two year employment contract renewable every six months depending on their performance evaluation,” Sinolinding added.
Sinolinding also added that more nurses will be hired for the ARMM’s island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.
In Basilan, 98 nurses were already interviewed and are waiting for the results of the screening. 86 slots were allotted for the province.
Meanwhile, the screening of applicants for Tawi-Tawi is set today, February 17. Eighty-three nurses will be hired for the province while the screening for the 120 slots for Sulu is scheduled on February 24.
The Nurse Deployment Project 2014 (NDP) is a Department of Health (DOH) project that aims to improve local health systems and support the Philippines’ attainment of Universal Health Care or “Kalusugang Pangkalahatan.”
Furthermore, it aims to also give employment opportunities to the growing number of unemployed nurses in the country. The program coincides with one of the main goals of the Aquino Health Agenda (AHA). (ORVRivera-PIA12)