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Nurses from Negros sought to augment Manila hospitals

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas is requesting for nurses and doctors from Negros Occidental who are willing to augment hospitals in Metro Manila amid a surge in COVID-19 cases there, Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, Provincial Consultant on Economic Affairs, said Monday, April 5.

They will be compensated and provided free food and accommodation, he said.

Benitez said he was informed that the nurses will be distributed to the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Lung Center of the Philippines, San Lazaro Hospital, Tondo Medical Center and Rizal Medical Center.

Basic salary is P33,575 for Nurse I and P60,901 for doctors classified as medical officer III.

Other benefits include additional 20 percent premium of the basic salary, roundtrip travelling expenses to be shouldered by DOH-Regional Center for Health Development, and PhilHealth Premium Contribution.

The positions are standard across the regions under emergency hiring based on Bayanihan II funds, he said.

They will also be vaccinated with either Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccines.

The compensation and benefits are different for already-hired health care workers who will be sent for temporary redeployment. In this case, they will receive the same salary and benefit as they have in their original assignment, he said.

The requirements are an application letter, personal data sheet, and a photocopy of valid Professional Regulation Commission ID.

For Central Visayas, qualified applicants are advised to email their documents to at [email protected] or contact Monette Zuñiga at 0916-520-8322, Benitez said.

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said the appeal for nurses in voluntary, they will get paid.

He would encourage those have no jobs right now to take on the offer, but they should not recruit employed private and government health workers in the province, Lacson said.*

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