POEA: Deployment ban lifted only for nurses


    EXCEPT for nurses, other healthcare workers and medical professionals will have to stay home for a little longer.

    The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), in its Board Resolution No. 17-2020, yesterday said the overseas deployment ban is being lifted only for newly-hired nurses, nursing aides, and nursing assistants.

    “The moratorium or temporary suspension of deployment of newly hired nurses, nursing aides, and nursing assistants is hereby lifted effective immediately,” said the POEA.

    “With regard to other medical and allied HCWs, the moratorium or temporary suspension shall remain effective until the POEA lifts the moratorium with respect to them,” it added.

    The limitations on the lifting of the ban were in contrast to the previous announcement of DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

    Last month, Bello said President Duterte had approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases to lift the deployment ban on nurses and other healthcare workers.