According to Department of Health (DOH) secretary, Enrique Ona, “This Project aims to improve access of the country’s poor to quality healthcare with social services by creating a pool of registered nurses with enhanced clinical and preventive health management competencies that will eventually increase the nurses’ employability.”
He clearly clarified that the project, RN Heals is not a form of employment rather a medium for learning and development in government health facilities where potential for future employment is highest. Therefore, RN Heals Batches cannot be called as regular employees but pre-service trainees with allowances or stipend and not salaries.
RN Heals 4 starts this January for the orientation followed by deployment to:
70 DOH Hospitals; 1,491 municipalities; 143 cities; 13 districts of Metro Manila following priority areas of DOH’s:
Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP)
conditional cash transfer areas (CCT) areas of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the
609 priority areas of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC)
An P8,000 monthly allowance or stipend coming from the national government for nurses assigned whether in hospital or health center. Additional monetary or non-monetary incentives are encouraged such as: advanced training opportunities, meals or meal allowance, transportation or transportation allowance, communication allowance, modest board and lodging whenever necessary.
RN Heals 4 also becomes part of Philhealth iGroup Insurance with a premium of P1,200.00 per person per year and GSIS Group Accident Insurance premium of P 500.00 per person per year covering the following: Accidental Death/Dismemberment of P500,000.00 per person; Medical Reimbursement of P50,000.00 per person; and Bereavement Assistance of P10,000.00. After the satisfactory completion of their learning and deployment, the nurses are given a Certificate of Completion.
The same from the previous batches, fund sources have been sub-allotted to the DOH Centers for Health Development and Hospitals to facilitate processing and payment of their monthly allowance. For ARMM, funds have been transferred to the DOH-ARMM for efficiency.
For the record, RN heals Project has completed three (3) batches from 14 February 2011 to December 2012. RN Heals 1 in February 2011 was composed of 9,518 nurses deployed in health facilities in 1,235 municipalities and cities while 11, 283 nurses from RN Heals 2 (October 2011) sent to 70 DOH hospitals 1,500 municipalities and cities; and RN Heals 3 nurses (10,000) deployed to 1,491 municipalities and 143 cities in March 2012.