VIGAN CITY a" Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle reported here a great demand for Filipino nurses in her state, saying there is a shortage of workers in the health-care sector on that mid-Pacific island.
The Hawaii governor lauded the Filipino nurses when she said, "the health care system of Hawaii could not function without the Filipinos."
She cited the importance of the Filipinos in the health-care program in Hawaii, saying they have their distinct virtues, skills, and values towards their jobs.
Governor Lingle and Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson led last Monday the ceremonial signing of a letter of understanding and mutual cooperation between the University of Hawaii (UH) and University of Northern Philippines (UNP).
She said that the exchange program of the two universities is one way of achieving the goal of UNP President Lauro B. Tacbas to make nursing education in the Ilocos academically excellent and globally competitive.
She said her state will train UNP professors in an effort to help local nursing graduates obtain a better chance to pass the rigid state nursing examination.
"With this exchange program, we will align our nursing curricula here and bring our best health-care practices to help people train the professors here so that they are clear on the requirements of our tests. Thus, the candidates from here would have a higher opportunity to pass the exam and, thereby, increase their wages in Hawaii by serving at a higher level of nursing," she said.
Lingle conducted a week-long tour of the Ilocos Region. She …