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Sunday, September 24, 2017

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Herbalife Nutrition introduces 2 New Flavors in PH

Herbalife Nutrition, a global nutrition company, has recently launched two new exciting additions to its product line-up in the country: a new flavor of Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix - Cookies and Cream, and Herbal Aloe Concentrate Mandarin.

Mr. Rosalio T. Valenzuela, General Manager of Herbalife Philippines, announces the new products under Herbalife Nutrition – Herbalife Formula 1 Shake Cookies and Cream and Herbal Aloe Concentrate Mandarin flavor.

"Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix is our flagship product and the new Cookies and Cream flavor will surely capture the taste buds of our Filipino consumers. We’re equally excited for Herbal Aloe Concentrate Mandarin, with its refreshing taste and nutritional benefits," said Mr. Rosalio Valenzuela, General Manager of Herbalife Nutrition Philippines.

"As a purpose driven company aimed at making the world we live in healthier and happier, we will continue to offer great tasting, high-quality nutrition products to help people get the right balance of healthy nutrition everyday.”

Herbalife Independent Members shows the members of the media and bloggers the proper way to prepare a Formula 1 Shake at the newly refurbished Mark Hughes function room at the Herbalife Nutrition headquarters in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

The launch event was held at the Herbalife Nutrition Philippines Corporate Office in Bonifacio Global City Taguig. It features an exercise routine led by Herbalife Fitness Coach Dwan Abantao, a wellness evaluation, a live demonstration on how to prepare Herbalife Formula 1 Shake, and a sharing on the results of the 2017 Balanced Nutrition Survey – spanning 15 Asia Pacific countries including the Philippines.

Herbalife Formula 1 Shake provides balanced nutrition through an optimum mix of high quality protein, vitamins, minerals and fibers. It is recommended for people seeking an easy-to-prepare healthy, balanced meal to support their daily nutrition, and is also available in Dutch Chocolate, Wild Berry, and French Vanilla flavors in the Philippines.

Ms. Dwan Abantao, Herbalife Nutrition Fitness Coach, teaches the attendees product launch simple and effective exercise routines.

Herbal Aloe Concentrate (HAC) Mandarin flavor is made from aloe vera concentrate with natural mandarin flavor. It complements the established Herbal Aloe Concentrate mango flavor, and likewise prioritizes healthy digestion.

About Herbalife

Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. The Company has been on a mission for nutrition - changing people's lives with great nutrition products & programs - since 1980. Together with their Herbalife Nutrition independent members, they are committed to providing solutions to the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and obesity, an aging population, skyrocketing public healthcare costs and a rise in entrepreneurs of all ages.

From left: Dang Gilera-Davis, National Sales Manager; Ghie De Leon, HR Manager; Rosalio T. Valenzuela, General Manager; Elise Santor, FDA Regulatory Consultant; Dwan Abantao, Herbalife Nutrition Fitness Coach; Marie Segismundo, Marketing Manager; Barbette Atienza-Soliven, Corporate Communications Manager

They offer high-quality, science-backed products, most of which are produced in Company-operated facilities, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Nutrition independent member, and a supportive community approach that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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DOLE issues order against exploitation of nurses, other health workers

Finally, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has issued an order which seeks to end exploitation of health workers particularly in the private healthcare industry.

Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III signed a Department Order No. 182-17 entitled Guidelines Governing the Employment and Working Conditions of Health Personnel in the Private Healthcare Industry on Friday, September 22, 2017.

The order seeks to ensure the protection and welfare of health personnel such as nurses, physicians, nutritionists, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers, laboratory technicians, paramedical technicians, psychologists, midwives, attendants and all other allied health professionals.

It also aimed to end all forms exploitation such as false volunteerism, false trainings, and contractualization of health workers.

The measure is a product of inter-agency consultation on such concerns participated by DOLE-BWC, DOLE-OSHC, DOLE-NCR, DOH-HHRDB, ILS, PAMET, PRC-BON, OHNAP, PTAP, PCOM, PNA, ANG NARS and Hospital Unions.

Advocacy group Ang Nars Partylist previously exposed the practices of false volunteerism and false trainings to Secretary Bello, which then promptly ordered the creation of a group that will investigate the reports that thousands of graduate nurses are paying hospitals up to P10,000 and working for months without salaries under the guise of "training" to have a higher chance of being employed as a regular staff and obtain job experience.

Dr. Leah S. Paquiz of Ang Nars was deputized as sectoral representative "to conduct Special Assessment or Visit of Establishment of hospitals and medical institutions to assess, validate and verify compliance with general labor standards (GLS), occupational safety and health standards, and other pertinent labor laws and social legislations," based on DOLE AO No. 231- B.

Some of the salient points of the new department order:
• Removal of all False Volunteerism & False Trainings
• No more Contractual/Job Order for health workers
• No health worker shall be paid below minimum wage
• Overtime pay for work over 8 hours (example: long endorsement)
• Overtime pay if you work 6 days in a week
• No compressed work week (12hours x 4days)
• Free Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) for all workers, including students and medical interns
• Right to join Unions and do Collective Bargaining
• Night Shift Differential, Holiday pay

Please read the full text of the DOLE Order No. 182-17 below or download it through DOLE's website.

The order covers only private establishments, but the Ang Nars and Filipino nurses hope that the same guidelines will be applied to workers in government.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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DOH: NDP nurses to receive ₱29,000 in 2018

Nurses who will be hired by Department of Health (DOH) under the Nurse Deployment Project (NDP) for 2018 will receive salary of P29,000, according to Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial.

In an interview over Manila Bulletin Online Hot Seat, Ubial said that the NDP nurses will receive higher salary due to third tranche of Salary Standardization Law.

"For nurses, [P29,000], that's the entry level. Then they have hazard pay and other benefits," she said. "That is why private hospitals are complaining that their nurses are transferring to DOH."

The NDP nurses this 2017 are receiving P26,878 monthly salary.

When asked about NDP regularization, Ubial said that they are proposing to Department of Budget and Management (DBM) that they become plantilla positions.

"But it is not 'tenured' or has security of tenure, meaning that it's for two-year period, to allow other health professionals to get learning experience from that employment," she added. "What we want is that before they go to specialization or masters or explore other career options, they should serve two years first at rural areas as part of their career development and learning."

"We don't expect them to stay there. There will be a fresh batch of graduates so that it's really part of our 'culture', just like in Cuba."

As initially reported, Ubial said that the Health department has proposed a budge of P9 billion for the hiring of around 25,000 new health providers to be deployed in grassroots level under the Human Resource for Health (HRH) deployment programs.

“We’re hiring varied professionals, doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, pharmacists, med-techs...but the majority are nurses. Around 22,000 are allocated. Currently we have 15,000 nurse deployment program applicants and hires but in 2018, that will increase to 22,000. About 7,000 increase,” she added.

For doctors, around 500 will be hired in 2018 with monthly salary of P70,000 plus allowances and benefits.

Those who are interested may go to the nearest DOH regional offices and apply for their desired position. Hiring period is up to December, and deployment period will be from January to December 2018.

For NDP and HRH 2018 updates, including the recruitment, qualifying exam and other details, please follow this site and page in Facebook.

Monday, September 18, 2017

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POEA warns OFWs on nursing jobs in Germany

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) advises overseas employment applicants to avoid a certain ‘Meine Agentur 24’ which recruits nurses and other healthcare professionals for supposed jobs in Germany without the proper authorization from the government.

Meine Agentur 24, in its website and Facebook page, lists its address in Leipzig, Germany but the Philippine Embassy in Berlin reported that the name of Meine Agentur 24 does not appear in the online registry of businesses in that country.

Also, the POEA has no record of Meine Agentur 24 in its database of accredited foreign employers.

In the website and Facebook page, Meine Agentur 24 advertises the need for workers in various disciplines in the field of nursing and other healthcare jobs and its offer of a qualification course for nursing staff to prepare them for employment in Germany.

Meine Agentur 24 charges applicants 5425 Euros supposedly for the cost of studying the German language and nursing school training.

In addition, applicants have to acquire their own visa and should have 5360 Euros in a bank account to cover the cost of their 20-month stay in Germany, including expenses for food, accommodation, clothing and transportation.

The POEA reminds applicants that the legal ways of landing a nursing job in Germany are either through the Triple Win Project or licensed Philippine recruitment agencies.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

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DOH hiring 22,000 nurses for NDP 2018

Department of Health (DOH) will once again will hire nurses for over 22,000 vacancies around the country under the Nurse Deployment Project (NDP) in 2018.

DOH NDP is part of Human Resource for Health (HRH) Deployment Programs which recruits nurses, doctors, dentists, midwives, medical technologists, and other allied health professionals for deployment to rural health units, birthing homes, barangay health stations and other areas in grassroots level around the Philippines.

Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial said that they are increasing the number of health workers under the HRH 2018 to a total of 25,000, as recommended by World Health Organization (WHO).

“In our 2018 proposal, we included around P9 billion in the budget, hiring around 25,000 new health providers…. Because the recommendation of WHO, you have to have a team at the primary level to address the health care needs of the public. And you need around 24 varied healthcare providers for every 10,000 population. Currently, we only have 14 for every 10,000 population at the frontline,” Ubial said in an interview over Manila Bulletin.

“We’re hiring varied professionals, doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, pharmacists, med-techs...but the majority are nurses. Around 22,000 are allocated. Currently we have 15,000 nurse deployment program applicants and hires but in 2018, that will increase to 22,000. About 7,000 increase,” she added.

The agency also increased the slots for doctors. “For doctors, we are currently hiring around 300, and we will increase that to around 500 by 2018,” she said.

Interested health workers may go to the nearest DOH regional offices and apply for their desired position. Hiring period is up to December, and deployment period will be from January to December 2018.

For more updates on the DOH NDP 2018 hiring, qualifying exam and other details, please follow in Facebook. We will give you the updates per region. [With a report from]

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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POEA: Saudi MOH urgently needs 500 nurses, 100 respiratory therapists

The Ministry of Health of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now hiring nurses, respiratory therapists, perfusionists, cardiac technicians, etc., according to Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

In a recruitment specification form no. 170028, POEA detailed that the MOH has urgent need of qualified applicants for the following positions:
100 – Respiratory Therapists (Male/ Female)
500 – Staff Nurses (Female)
50 – Cath. Lab. (Female)
50 – Perfusionists (Female)
50 – Cardiac Technicians (Female)
50 – Echo. Cardiology (Female)


 All with Bachelors Degree
 With board/PRC license


 Paid annual vacation with free round trip economy ticket
 Free food and accommodation
 Basic salary offer: SR8,000 for Respiratory Therapists and SR4,110 for other positions

Tentative Start of Interview: October 2, 2017.
Qualified Applicants should register online at and personally submit the following documents (fastened in a folder) under the heading “__MOH___ RSF NO. _170028__” at the Manpower Registry Division, Window S or T, Ground Floor, Blas F. Ople Bldg. (formerly POEA Bldg.), Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City:
 Detailed résumé with job description
 School credentials, relevant to the position applied for (authenticated by DFA and/ or CHED or notarized, whichever is applicable)
 Employment certificates, relevant to the position applied for
 Passport copy
 Two (2) pieces 2x2 recent picture
 Certificate of POEA online PEOS (log on to

Applicants are required to present their original documents for authentication of written information before forwarding the résumé to the employer.

Deadline of submission of applications:
 Applicants from the POEA Regional Offices – September 18, 2017
 Applicants from the Central Office (POEA-Ortigas) – September 25, 2017

Please share this job opportunities to all qualified nurses and health professionals. Please Like in Facebook for more job vacancies here and abroad.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

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'Sexy Nurse Party' in Cebu irks nurses

Nurses all over the country are expressing their disgust to a karaoke bar in Cebu for holding a 'Sexy Nurse Party'.

La Bonita Cebu Japanese Karaoke Bar posted banners and ads inviting everyone to join their 'Sexy Nurse Party' this September. The bar located at 2nd Floor, The Forum at Archbishop Reyes Ave., Cebu City claims that it is the no. 1 karaoke bar in the Queen City of the South.

The ads caught the attention of advocacy group Nurses for Change Movement, which strongly expressed its frustration for the said event of the bar.

"SHAME ON YOU La Bonita Cebu Japanese Karaoke Bar! NURSES ARE NOT SEX OBJECTS! Where is the RESPECT for our noble profession? Nurses save thousands of lives everyday. We nurture new life being born. We aid the sick during their darkest times. And we ensure DIGNITY in their final moments. La Bonita, you have NO RIGHT to use our IMAGE!" the group posted in their Facebook page.

The group has called on nurses to flood the Facebook page of the bar with negative reviews.

Other nurses who have picked up the story online were also disgusted with the inappropriate use of their noble profession for such a shameful event.

"Aside from disrespecting the nursing profession, they can be sued for the misuse of the "red cross" symbol," a nurse commented.

The nurses are also calling the attention of Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) to do something about it. Nurses, what's your thoughts on this issue?