DOH: 106,000 nurses needed in health facilities nationwide

The Philippines needs a total of 106,000 nurses in public and private hospitals nationwide, a health official said Thursday. 

In a media briefing, Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the country needs other healthcare professionals like doctors, dentists, midwives, medical technicians, pharmacists, and radiologic technologists. 

 “Sa ngayon, mayroon tayong mga plantilla positions that still need to be filled up sa ating mga ospital (Currently, we have plantilla positions that still need to be filled up in our hospitals) and we have around 624 plantilla positions for our nurses. We have 1,332 midwives, plantilla, and we have around 63 dentists that we needed,” she said. 

The shortage in nurses nationwide could be attributed to the migration of healthcare workers, she added.

To solve the gap, the DOH has been pushing bills in Congress and coordinating with key officials from related government agencies. 

“Kami po ay nakikipag-usap (We’re coordinating) closely and we have a scheduled meeting, hopefully, next week with the Bureau of Migrant Workers headed by Secretary Toots Ople, and of course, with DOLE [Department of Labor and Employment] with Secretary Laguesma,” Vergeire said. 

She noted that provision of incentives may keep healthcare workers from leaving the country. 

“Sa mga bansang nagde-deploy ng healthcare workers natin, ano ang pwedeng maging kapalit para sa atin, like scholarships, exchange programs at iba pa, para naman mas magkaroon tayo ng benepisyo from this migration and also, para naman mas magkaroon ng career path ang ating mga healthcare workers going abroad (To the countries deploying our healthcare workers, what can be provided for us, like scholarships, exchange programs, and others, so we can have more benefits from this migration and also, for our healthcare workers going abroad to have a career path),” she added. (By Ma. Teresa Montemayor, PNA)

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  1. Many vacancies?? but it’s very difficult to be hired. Qualifications are too high, and palakasan system is still rampant esp in DOH HRH. Can you believe that some Private hosp only offer 20k for nurses??

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    1. D2 nga sa Rosales Infirmary Unit, Rosales, Pangasinan. 9k lang sweldo nila. Nakakasad but true.

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    2. Pahirapan po application process nyo 2 years na ko apply dami nyo hinihinge kulang na lang pati nclexminsan natatanong pa ko if close ako

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    3. ako nga di nirehire kasi nagreklamo aq s presidential complaint na 2months delayed sweldo namin, alangan d ako mgreklamo eh ano nmn ipapakain ko s pamilya ko wala cila pakialam kahit mg isa k bumubuhay tatanggalin k pa din nila kc me bad record ka na s knila dahil masira ang region nila s doh, imagine matapos nila kami pakinabangan s covid facilities bigla n lng kami itsupwera, pisti palakasan n yan!

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    4. Sad, here they offer 11k per month only. Where is that hiring?

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  2. I applied at QMMC and PHC, no update regarding the status of my application, I guess they are too busy to not mind their applicants, they are too busy complaining they lack nurses.

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  3. sana alisin na lang naman ang palalkasan system sa atin...i too is contemplating on going back home BUT without a job or a steady income parang ang hirap umuwi ng empty handed at walang setbcak pagdating sa Pilipinas. Tapos sabi maraming vacancy at in need ang mga hospitals pwro kapag nag apply ka naman ang isasagot sayo ... "wait for our call ".which is inaabot ng decada yata bago ka makatanggap ng call.

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  4. Sana gawing plantilla positions Ang mga human resource for health instead of contractual sure Yan na Di na mag aabroad.

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  5. Hahaha mga sinungaling my plantilya daw… Eh ka tagal na kami nag apply eh ang my referral pa from Capitolyo ang sabi ng Chief of Hospital wala pa kaming ipapasahod sa inyo wala na budget this year daw, ubos na ang budget.. tapos super understaff ang hospital pag wala previous work pwd daw mag volunteer muna hahaha kagagohan ng Goberno nasa Bulsa lahat na ng budget

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  6. I have been there..5years as jobhire, started with 1000 php allowance..number 1 sa Personnel Screening Board pero iba ang naHire as plantilla..I was asked to provide recom.letter from politicians but I have none. Sad kasi yung naiwan doon na nurses 20k lang sahod, so very delayed pa..relieved to have left a very unhealthy environment full of exploitation and coercion. God bless the Philippines!🙏🏻🇵🇭

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