Health department reallocates RN Heals deployment

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Monday, February 7, 2011


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The Department of Health-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOH-CAR) has reallocated the hiring and deployment of 358 nurses under the Registered Nurse Health Enhancement and Local Service (RN Heals) program now distributed in all the provinces in the region, including Baguio City.

Apayao and Baguio City, which earlier were not assigned any nurses, now expect 48 and eight hands, respectively. The distribution is as follows: Benguet - 65; Baguio - 8; Ifugao - 80; Mt. Province - 60; Kalinga - 39; Apayao - 48; and Abra - 58.

According to DOH-CAR Director Myrna Cabotaje, all of the towns in the region are covered except those in Abra and Benguet.

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Cabotaje said applicants are encouraged to register online with the Department of Labor and Employment at www.dole.gov.ph, or DOH at www.doh.gov.ph.

Dole will screen the applicants and the reconstituted team will have the final say on their deployment, to commence on Feb. 14, Cabotaje said.

The hired nurses will be deployed for a year, for six months of hospital experience and six months of community service. They will be paid P8,000 monthly.

The basis for the deployment of nurses is the presence of beneficiaries under the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and the Basic Emergency Obstetric Care (BEmOC), or comprehensive emergency obstetric care (CEmOC), equipped with accredited health providers for mothers to deliver and avail of the health services.

Cabotaje said the program of the Aquino administration is intended for poor mothers so that they will have access to health services and facilities.

The RN Heals is a multi-agency program led by the DOH in coordination with the Philippine Nurses Association, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Interior and Local Government and the Professional Regulations Commission.

Cabotaje said the program is in keeping with the Millennium Development Goal numbers 1, 4 and 5--the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, reduction of child mortality and improvement of maternal health, respectively. (Susan Aro)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 08, 2011.

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