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The 7.5K health worker deployment cap has yet to be achieved, according to the POEA.

MANILA, Philippines — According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the government’s ceiling on the deployment of healthcare workers (HCWs) of 7,500 is still far from being met.

“Our 7,500 is sufficient for 2022.” The figure of 7,500, according to our most recent data, is still a long way off. If I’m not mistaken, our technical working committee does not need to convene and examine the data,” POEA President Bernard Olalia stated in a virtual forum on Wednesday.

Olalia stated that the country had a sufficient supply of nurses, but she did not disclose an exact figure.

“Our nurses are in high demand because the PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) has previously conducted two exams and our nurses are currently qualified.” We will convene meetings with those in authority if it is breached,” Olalia stated.

Olalia stated in a May briefing that the number of nurses deployed from January to May was over 2,000.

He further stated that once the country’s state of national emergency imposed by the coronavirus pandemic is abolished, the deployment cap will not be immediately released.

“It won’t be lifted automatically in the sense that it will happen right now. Our mission-critical abilities will be assessed, and a suggestion will be made to the technical working group. When there is no longer a state of emergency, it is one of the things they will look into, and they may recommend lowering the deployment cap,” he said.

Olalia, on the other hand, stated that the deployment cap has yet to be lifted.

To ensure that the country has enough medical professionals to deal with the pandemic, the administration has set a deployment cap on the number of HCWs that can be deployed abroad.

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