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Annual health care employees’ deployment cap raised to 7K

The cap on the annual overseas deployment of health care workers (HCWs) has been raised to 7,000 from the present 6,500, Malacañang started on Friday.

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

Nograles said nurses with visas ending 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.

In November, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) temporarily delayed the processing and deployment of HCWs, notably nurses, as the annual deployment maximum of 6,500 has been surpassed.

The temporary deployment cap strives to ensure that the country has an adequate number of HCWs amid the ongoing pandemic.

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