Boosting Philippines-Oman Labor Relations

The Philippine Embassy in the Sultanate of Oman, in a report to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said the Oman Ministry of Health (MOH) may experience a shortage of Doctors and Nurses by 2015. In a meeting on February 26, 2013, the MOH expressed interest in hiring more Filipino nurses, particularly nurses specializing in obstetrics, gynecology, anesthesiology, surgery (neuro and cardio), intensive care, and psychiatrics.

Each year, thousands of nurses go to foreign countries, drawn by higher incomes and better opportunities for professional growth. Filipino nurses are recognized globally for their patience, hardwork, honesty, and perseverance. Educational institutions as well as nursing organizations in the Philippines provide continuing learning and training for Filipino nurses, not only for jobs abroad but more importantly, to meet the demand for quality health services for the Filipino people.

The report to the DOLE indicated that Oman MOH would hire 3,288 doctors and nurses from abroad in response to the projected shortage. In terms of nurses, 5,598 will be hired, the report said. To meet the needs, Oman's state budget for health services was increased by 9.4 percent to $1.4 billion for 2013, from $1.3 billion in 2012.

The DOLE said the report would boost the chances of skillful and qualified Filipino medical workers to get a job in Oman. It warned, however, that those wanting to work in Oman should apply only with Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) licensed overseas recruitment agencies with verified job orders in Oman. Data at the POEA showed that overseas Filipino workers deployment in Oman reached 15,868 in 2012, with 10,291 rehires and 5,577 new hires.

We congratulate Philippine Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman Joselito A. Jimeno and Honorary Consul of the Sultanate of Oman to the Philippines Leonardo B. de Ocampo, in their partnership to enhance and strengthen the labor relationship between the Philippines and the Sultanate of Oman. We wish them the best and success in all endeavors. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

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