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In a vote of 16-4, the Philippine Senate on Wednesday ratified the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) which, among others, provides for the hiring of 400 filipino nurses and 600 caregivers by Japanese healthcare facilities.

However, several militant groups have been opposing the trade pact between the Philippines and Japan saying it is lopsided in favor of Japan as it allows the entry of toxic wastes from Japan to the Philippines.

The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA), in its position paper written by PNA President Leah Paquiz in September last year, said that the agreement undermines the professionalism and dignity of filipino registered nurses.

"Even with a bachelor’s degree earned from four years of higher education in the Philippines, proof of competence by virtue of having passed the Philippine Licensure Examination and three solid years of work experience, the Filipino nurse will go to Japan not to fully practice the nursing profession but to become a trainee. Under the JPEPA, the Filipino nurse must train under the supervision of a Japanese nurse for up to three years. If unable to pass the nursing licensure examination in Japanese, the Filipino nurse would have to be deported," wrote Paquiz.

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lawamori said...

a very one sided "agreement".

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