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Teddy Locsin Jr. slams CDO Rep. Rufus Rodriguez for saying Filipino nurses shouldn’t work abroad

Rodriguez acknowledges the fact that hospitals lack manpower.

On Monday, Cagayan de Oro City 2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez said that the government shouldn’t allow Filipino health workers to work abroad because of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

This came after Rodriguez found out about how an association of German hospitals was recruiting 75 Filipino nurses to care for COVID-19 patients.

“Secretary (Silvestre) Bello should suspend the sending of nurses abroad. We need our healthcare personnel here at this time of public health emergency to attend to sick Filipinos, and not to foreigners.”

Rodriguez acknowledges the fact that hospitals lack manpower.

“We need those nurses bound for Germany and other jobs overseas to augment our dwindling public health workforce,” he said.

Germany currently has 58,247 COVID-19 cases with 455 recorded deaths and 8,481 recoveries.

The Hessische Krankenhausgesellschaft will make sure the 75 Filipinos will be working Asklepios clinics and will be getting paid.

Group president Christian Hoftberger said, “We have received a special permit (from the Philippine government) that we can still bring 75 Filipino nurses to Hesse. We are very confident that they can land in Frankfurt in the next few days.”

Rodriguez is not totally against his proposal. He has no problem with the nurses leaving for better opportunities abroad but they have to help their country first before doing so.

He agrees with what most of the nation thinks, and that is for the DOH to stop “asking for volunteer doctors and nurses but to instead hire them and pay them professionally with competitive rates.” Rodriguez wants these volunteers to also be given hazard pay and special risk allowance.

Rodriguez sees the importance of health workers especially at this trying time.

“They should be properly compensated. They are our modern-day heroes.”

Teddy Locsin Jr. responded to Rodriguez on Twitter saying that it’s the government’s fault why nurses are leaving the country.

Netizens shared their thoughts on the matter, with most agreeing with what Locsin said.

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs recently announced that they are open for foreign health professionals to work in America to fight the coronavirus.

The US currently has the most COVID-19 cases in the entire world, but this will not stop Filipino health workers from traveling since the compensation they would be offered working there will be nowhere near what they’ll receiving here in the Philippines.

Reports say that over 19,000 Filipino nurses a year would leave to work abroad due to the low salary that they would make in their home country.

On average, a registered nurse in the Philippines has a salary that goes from ₱7,000 to a little over ₱12,000, which doesn’t even sounds fair given all the time and effort these people have put in to get to where they are as far as career progression is concerned.

The DOH has recently apologized for only offering a ₱500 daily wage for the volunteers, and promised that they will look into the compensation once the allotting process is done with regards to the PPEs.

Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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