Overseas deployment cap on nurses, HCWs raised to 7,000 annually

The ceiling on the annual overseas deployment of health care workers (HCWs) has been raised to 7,000 from the current 6,500, MalacaƱang announced on Friday. 

This developed after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) approved Resolution 153 on Thursday, acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, said in a Palace briefing.

Nograles said nurses with visas expiring on Dec. 31, 2021, will be prioritized for deployment. 

“Upon the authority vested to the IATF through Memorandum from the Executive Secretary dated Nov. 20, 2020, the 2021 annual deployment ceiling of new hire health care workers for occupations identified by the Department of Labor and Employment as Mission Critical Skills shall be further increased to 7,000,” Nograles said. 

IATF initially placed the limit for overseas deployment at 5,000 but it was increased to 6,500 this June. In November, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) temporarily suspended the processing and deployment of HCWs, particularly nurses, as the annual deployment cap of 6,500 has been reached. 

The temporary deployment cap seeks to ensure that the country has a sufficient number of HCWs amid the prevailing pandemic. (By Filane Mikee Cervantes, PNA)

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