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Negros Oriental Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo is proposing that all registered nurses and other professionals such as doctors, pharmacists, midwives, medical technologists, physical therapists, engineers, teachers, sailors, accountants, interior designers, nutritionists and criminologists should be required to work locally for two years before they are allowed to seek employment abroad.

House Bill 04580 otherwise known as the Mandatory Two-Year Domestic Service for all Filipino Registered Professional Act was filed on July 1, 2008 and is currently pending in the lower house of Congress.

Meanwhile, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines
secretary-general Ernesto Herrera called the bill, "absolutely unfair and highly discriminatory."

He added,
"We have a huge glut of professionals in many sectors. In the case of nurses, the main reason they are leaving the country is because wages here are grossly inadequate. And the pay is meagre, precisely because of the massive surplus of nurses. This is the law of supply and demand at work."

Pinoy R.N. did some research and found other 'nurse' bills and resolutions pending in the 14th congress (July 1, 2007 to present) that are of interest to filino nurses and student nurses. A quick rundown of these bills and resolution are available below.

House Bill 01252
Author: Congressman Al Francis D. Bichara
July 24, 2007
The bill authorizes health authorities to devise a pay scheme for government doctors and nurses free from the limitations imposed under the salary standardization law.

House Bill 02719
Congressman Mark Llandro L. Mendoza
September 26, 2007
The bill requires all medical doctor, nurses and dentists and other medical workers who graduated from public/state colleges or universities to render a mandatory two (2) years rural medical service.

House Resolution 00605

Congressman Magtanggol T. Gunigundo
May 26, 2008
Directs the congressional subcomittee on labor and employment to conduct an investigation, in aid of legislation, on framework, programs, and vision of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Board of Nursing (BoN), and other concerned agencies in providing jobs to nurses who are unable to find employment and those who failed in the nursing board exams.

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