Online registration for 2nd batch of NARS Project on

On line registration for the second batch of the Nurses Assigned in Rural Service (NARS) project is now on-going, said Labor and Employment 6 Director Aida Estabillo.

“We have started the online application this early to give unemployed nurses ample time to apply,” said Estabillo in a DOLE 6 press report.

Interested unemployed nurses may file their application on line at http// or at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Provincial Offices nearest them.

For the 2nd batch of the NARS program, DOLE 6 said some 480 unemployed nurses will be hired to be deployed in rural areas of the region that would start on October 1.

A total of 408 nurse-trainees were hired in the 1st batch of the program who are now deployed in the rural areas of the 6 provinces of the region until September 30, according to DOLE 6.

Of the 408 nurse-trainees hired, 72 were assigned in the province of Aklan, 42 in Antique, 55 in Capiz, 14 in Guimaras, 138 in Iloilo and 87 in Negros Occidental.

The NARS Project is in line with the pump-priming strategies of the government aimed at mitigating the effects of global economic slowdown through the creation of employment. This was launched by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during the Multi-Sectoral Summit against Global Crisis held in Malacanang last February.

Under the program, the nurse-trainees will be deployed at an average of five per town in 96 identified poorest municipalities in the region and will be getting an allowance of P8,000 per month.

The NARS is a joint project of the DOLE, Department of Health, Professional Regulations Commission.

Recently, the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP), the country’s largest pharmaceutical group composed of 50 Filipino and international research-based pharmaceutical firms, has agreed to sponsor the deployment of the 100 nurses in support of the President’s call to make the NARS project a national undertaking with private equity. - via (PIA)