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Filipino nurses among best in the world.

This letter refers to an article in the May 2007 issue of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand "Migrant nurses need more support" in which a respondent to a survey commented that "Filipinas are considered lazy" We strongly object to and are deeply concerned about this unfair statement, which discriminates against Filipinos.

As the government agency in the Philippines tasked with implementing and managing a systematic overseas employment programme, we provide you with the following information. The Philippines is widely recognised as one of the primary providers of human resources to labour-short economies all over the world. Filipino workers are conscientious, highly skilled, and ideally suited to any multi-racial working environment, given their facility with the English language. It is these characteristics that have endeared them to the world's employers, and elevated the Philippines to the status of a leading human resource provider.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Philippines is the largest source of registered nurses for foreign countries. Based on deployment records of the past 12 years, 98,968 nurses left the Philippines to work in some 73 countries spanning practically all continents. The top ten countries deploying nurses are Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Ireland, the United States (US), Kuwait, Singapore, Qatar and Trinidad and Tobago. In 2006, the Philippines deployed just over one million workers. Of these, four percent were health professionals, mostly nurses. Experts in nursing rank Filipino nurses on a par with, if not the best workers in the world. Chair and professor of the Edyth Jones Department of Nursing in Columbia Union College in the US, Gina Brown, said in a speech she had worked with a number of Filipino nurses in the US and they were all excellent. The nurses had no issue with attendance or scheduling and, most of all, were respectful. Such qualities make them very much appreciated in the US.

President of Nursing Care Providers in the US, Nelly A. Jocson, believes the worldwide demand for Filipino nurses will continue. Filipino nurses were very willing to help when the facilities were short of staff, especially on weekends when nobody wanted to report for work. Most of all, they demonstrated a more caring and respectful approach in dealing with their patients. The foregoing testimonials, as well as empirical data on the increasing number of Filipino nurses employed at[ over the world, serve as unassailable attestation that Filipino workers, nurses in particular, are desired for being highly capable, honest, and hard-working. [Abridged]

Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz


Co-editors note: Please see Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, July 2007, p4, for our response to similar issues raised in earlier letters.
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Title Annotation:LETTERS
Author:Dimapilis-Baldoz, Rosalinda
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Oct 1, 2007
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