Pharmaceutical group backs PGMA’s NARS project

The Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines (PHAP) today (Thursday) will present to the President a copy of their memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) on the deployment of an additional 100 nurses to beef up the 5,000 nurses already deployed to 20 other poor municipalities under the Nurses Assigned in Rural Service (NARS) project.

The signatories, who will present to the President a copy of the MOA, are Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Labor Secretary Marianito Roque, PRC Commissioner Nicolas Lapena Jr., PHAP President Oscar Calderon and PHAP Executive Director Reiner Gloor.

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.
The President said the NARS project would provide quality healthcare services in rural areas while giving unemployed registered nurses the opportunity to train and gain the necessary competencies needed for employment here and abroad.

Under the MOA, the PHAP agreed to shoulder the P8,000 monthly allowance of the 100 nurse-trainees who will be recruited under the NARS project.
PHAP, through its PHAP Cares Foundation, will also donate medicines, first aid kits and other items to DOH hospitals covered under the NARS project.
Under the NARS project, the first batch of 5,000 nurse-trainees was deployed last month on a six-month tour of duty to the 1,000 poorest municipalities.
Another batch of 5,000 nurses will be deployed to poor municipalities during the second half of this year. - via (PIA)

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