US Resumes Hiring of Filipino Nurses; Decision Cited

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Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING

Malacanang yesterday hailed Washingtons decision to resume the hiring of Filipino nurses in American hospitals as it promised to generate more high-paying jobs here so Filipinos will not be forced to look for work abroad.

"We welcome President Bushs action, which is a renewed opportunity for our nurses to show the world the competence and excellence of the Filipino workforce," Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said in a statement.

Reports said Washington has provided for the recall of employment immigrant visas which were unused from 2001 to 2004, which opens the door for the entry of Filipino nurses to US hospitals. Filipino nurses in the US are one of the groups of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who enjoy high compensation abroad.

Bunye acknowledged Filipino workers here and abroad has been steadfast in fueling the pace of the local economy. "Nonetheless, we look forward to the day when enough well-paying Philippine jobs can be had so that our qualified workers need not try their luck abroad," he said. …