Deployment of health workers abroad temporarily suspended

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“The POEA Governing Board in a meeting duly convened, RESOLVES AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, to support the national objective of controlling the spread of COVID-19 through the regulation in the deployment of Filipino health care workers through the mission critical skill (MCS) framework and to prioritize human resource allocation for the national health care system at the time of the national state of emergency,” Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board said in Resolution 09, s. 2020.

Occupations included in the MCS are: Medical Doctor/Physician, Nurse, Microbiologist, Molecular biologist, Medical technologist, Clinical analyst, Respiratory therapist, Pharmacist, Laboratory technician, X-ray/Radiologic technician, Nursing assistant / nursing aid, Operator of medical equipment, Supervisor of health services and personal care, and Repairman of medical-hospital equipment.

“The deployment of all health care workers included in the list above is hereby temporarily suspended until the national state of emergency is lifted and until COVID-19-related travel restrictions are lifted at the destination countries,” said in the resolution.

It added that “negotiations of bilateral labor agreements for government-to-government deployment of health care workers are temporarily suspended until the duration of the national state of emergency.”