DOH launches RN HEALS project

The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday has launched the `Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement And Local Service´ (RN HEALS), a project that will offer 10,000 nursing jobs in poor communities.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona said RN HEALS is expected to address the shortage of skilled and experienced nurses in 1,221 rural and unserved or underserved communities for one year.

The nurses will receive an allowance of P8,000 a month while on deployment. On the other hand, the local government unit (LGU) where they are assigned, “shall supervise them, ensure their safety and security, and provide modest board and lodging,” Secretary Ona said in a statement.

The DOH also encouraged LGUs to provide these nurses additional allowances and benefits worth at least P2,000.

Accordingly, PhilHealth and the Government Service Insurance System will provide group insurance to the nurses while private corporations are encouraged to chip in through their available resources while the recruitment and selection of these nurses shall be under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through its Regional Offices.

Registered nurses who are physically and mentally fit, and willing to serve in their municipalities may apply online at the DOLE website ( from January 17 to February 4.

“Eventually, these nurses will be part of the pool of competent nurses for later employment or absorption in health facilities, thus addressing the inadequate supply of skilled nurses and increasing the nurses’ employment rate,” the health chief said.