Nurse crunch: Philippines hangs on to departing nurses, but offers very little in return

With hospitals overtaxed by Covid-19 patients during the peak of an outbreak early last year, the Philippines stopped nurses from working abroad.
With hospitals overtaxed by Covid-19 patients during the peak of an outbreak early last year, the Philippines stopped nurses from working abroad.PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA - Ms Geraldine Mojares left the Philippines in 1994 to work as a nurse at a hospital in Houston, Texas.

It wasn't a difficult decision to make. She earned just 6,000 pesos (S$165) a month at a university hospital in Manila, where she worked for four years after she graduated. The hospital in Houston offered her up to US$50,000 (S$67,300) a year.

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