September 14 Weekly Roundup: The Deployment Ban, And Other Things



The deployment ban on Filipino healthcare workers gained even more attention the previous week. As news spread about the seven Filipino nurses who were barred from leaving for the United Kingdom at Immigration, more individuals, such as Senators Risa Hontiveros and Joel Villanueva, have also voiced out their support for the immediate lifting of the ban. Even the Philippine Nurses Association, the largest and most recognized nursing organization in the Philippines, has published its stand against the deployment ban in its official website last Sunday. With these, the IATF has proposed an extension of the exemption cut-off date from March 8 to August 31 to the President. Should this proposal get the green light from President Duterte, nurses and healthcare workers whose employment contracts were perfected on or before August 31 will also be exempted from the deployment ban.




Over the weekend, the OFW group Filipino Nurses United has also organized an online meeting among the POEA, DOLE, Filipino nurses, and overseas healthcare recruitment agencies. Though the deployment ban was still the main topic of concern, matters regarding the relationship between Filipino nurses and their recruitment agencies were also taken up. Recruitment agencies were advised to be more transparent and available to their nurse applicants, whereas nurses were encouraged to immediately report misleading or unresponsive agencies to the POEA. As one of the recruitment agencies that attended the meeting, we would like to emphasize that our Recruiters may be reached through these channels from Mondays through Fridays, 9am – 6pm:


1. Facebook Messenger (facebook.com/abbapsi)

2. Email (email address of your Recruiter or recruitment@abba.ph)

3. Mobile (mobile number of your Recruiter or 0917-531 2600)


Our thousands of applicants have varying application status and situations, so more often than not, a solution that we give to one doesn’t necessarily apply to the others. Getting your answer straight from an Abba Recruiter will always be best for you.





And as if recent progress aren’t convincing enough for nurses to apply abroad, some of our employers have resumed their hiring activities. One of these is AMI Saudi Arabia Ltd., one of the leading hospital operating companies in the Kingdom. It has vacancies for 87 male nurses in various areas. Below are the following details:


AREAS

- General (40)

- Drug Distribution (30)

- ER (7)

- EMT (5)

- Technician – EEG (2)

- Technician – Casting (2)

- Psychiatry (1)

BENEFITS

- 3,500SAR 100% tax-free salary (4,000SAR for Technician – EEG)

- 2.5% increment per annum on renewal of contract

- 24-month contract period, renewable annually on mutual consent

- Maximum of 48 working hours per week

- Free transportation and accommodation

- Free meals during duty hours

- Annual roundtrip (return) ticket

- Medical insurance

- 30 days annual leave + 10 days of holiday per year

- Reimbursable Dataflow Verification Fee and Prometric Exam

- Most cost- efficient application among all of AMI’s recruitment agencies

If you are a male RN with at least 3 years of post-license experience in any of these areas, then you may send your CV to gab.santiago@abba.ph with the email title “RN for AMI SAUDI ARABIA LTD.”

This roundup is indeed a slight sigh of relief compared to the previous weeks’. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for the August 31 exemption and also for the total lifting of the deployment ban: Things do happen when we keep on trying!

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