Commission on Higher Education Chairman Prospero de Vera on Wednesday confirmed reports of higher education representatives from other countries who are recruiting Filipino nursing students to address their home countries’ demand for healthcare workers.
In a radio interview, De Vera said that Filipino nursing students are being offered opportunities in quality education, as well as employment and possible residence in such countries.
“It’s not just these countries, but Filipino students are also looking for countries of destination where they could work and, hopefully, stay as a resident,” De Vera said.
“Filipinos could make the most of their payments there because they could already work while they study,” he added.
The CHED chief said this development could affect the supply of nurses in the country, which is already experiencing a shortage in healthcare workers. In a September 2022 briefing, the Department of Health said around 106,000 nurses are needed in the country.
The government has set a 7,500 deployment cap for Filipino nurses at present.
De Vera said that the Commission aims to curb the influx of foreign recruitment of Filipino nurses by allowing schools to open new undergraduate nursing programs beginning in July last year, lifting the moratorium imposed in 2011.
“Even if there are opportunities abroad for Filipino nurses, they should still consider choosing to serve the country,” De Vera added.
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