Various professionals from both private and public sectors gathered through a webinar on April 13, 2020 to discuss legal issues and promote social justice for all medical workers especially nurses in this time of a health crisis.

The virtual gathering focuses on the concerns about the decision of the government to ban the deployment of health workers abroad in response to the ongoing efforts of the country to curb the impact of COVID-19.

Invited panel members composed of lawyers, health care practitioners, and advocates discussed the implications of the said deployment ban while they introduced legal advice for the affected nurses to undertake.

The forum led to the crafting of a resolution sent to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) with the following appeals: (1) lifting of the absolute ban (which was promptly attended to by the Department of Foreign Affairs); (2) massive hiring of nurses with positive practice environment; (3) POEA assistance (which was duly noted by the POEA administrator); and (4) representation of nursing by its sectoral leaders in policy making processes.

Relative to the advocacy works for our front liners, Carl Balita Review Center (CBRC) initiate and support the Nurse’s Helpline to attend to the concerns and needs of our healthcare workers experiencing violence, abuse, and any form of discrimination.

Any related concern may send an email to nurseshelplinep[email protected] with detailed circumstances and contact information.

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