Just in case the news skipped your notice Mr. President, thousands of our skilled Filipino nurses are now leaving the country not because they want to touch the snow in London, not because they want to visit Santorini in Greece, not because they want to date a handsome and hunky Caucasian or a rich Arab woman, but because our system forced them to do so. Our callous disregard to their rights made them to believe that they are second-class healthcare workers. Verily, our nurses suffer the lowest possible indecency a country can inflict to its professional workers. And they have valid license from the Professional Regulation Commission. They are required to have an accumulated CPD units, but when our nurses require the same good treatment from this government, what do they get? — Nothing!
Again, I’m sorry to speak about this, but I can’t sleep seeing my fellow nurses suffer. I am not working in a hospital but my heart is still beating for my profession. My heart is still beating for the Nightingale in white, in blue and in scrubs. Allow me to speak for them.
I don’t blame you Mr. President that you are currently focusing on “War on Drugs”, but as a form of request, can we give equal attention to those who fight alongside with you inside the hospitals, the fences of communities, penal institutions and healthcare centers?
How can we possibly heal the country if our healers are wounded themselves?
How can we miraculously rehabilitate this archipelago if our nurses are now starting to fly abroad?
Currently, I’m envious about the attention you give to “Jeepney Modernization”. In my mind, “lucky are the jeepneys, for they will be modernized soon”, but pain are for our poor nurses who will still be living and working in areas where modernization is not part of the plan.
Make no mistake Mr. President, our nurses are still living with healthcare technology which placed themselves in the brick of danger. These are competent and intelligent Filipinos who passed the board exams. In fact, we cannot even provide them with adequate soap and alcohol for their hand sanitation, N92 masks for personal protection, and heavens sake, we don’t pay them with dignity.
Before it’s too late Mr. President, I would like to invite your attention to this maladies enveloping our Filipino nurses. They deserve to experience the “change” that you promised during the election season. Or should I treat this as another form of fake news?