PNA: HOPE IS NOT LOST FOR FILIPINO NURSES

The demand for Filipino nurses both here and abroad may have declined in recent years, but the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) believes the future is still bright for budding and graduating nurses. The PNA considers Filipino nurses as globally competent, making them a step ahead over their counterparts from other Asian or European countries. “Filipino nurses are generally hardworking, resilient, resourceful, highly flexible and adaptable to various health care settings and clientele. Hiring Filipino nurses are more affordable for foreign employers,” says Roger P. Tong-an, PNA national office treasurer and PNA Region XI governor. Tong-an says PNA will continue with its unrelenting efforts and assistance to all of its members in the coming years, something which the organization has been doing over the past 92 years. Now nearing its century mark, PNA, the country’s primary professional association for nurses, intends to further intensify its goal of advancing holistic welfare of the Filipino nurse. According to Tong-an, the height of demand for nurses abroad peaked in 2002 to 2010 and have waned in the succeeding years.

ALSO: IMF no longer forces ‘structural adjustment’ – chief

The International Monetary Fund has changed and no longer imposes tough “structural adjustment” programs as it did in poor countries two decades ago, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Saturday. Told by a journalist from Ghana that many people there had “a phobia for the IMF” due to the harsh conditions of its past structural adjustment programs in Africa and South America, Lagarde responded: “Structural adjustment? That was before my time, I have no idea what it is. We don’t do that anymore.” The crisis lender is sensitive to charges it dictates socially and economically harsh reforms on countries availing themselves of its support. In recent years, it has come under heavy criticism for the austerity policies – mostly government spending cuts and tax hikes – that have accompanied its rescue programs for Greece, Portugal and others. Lagarde, speaking in a press conference during the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington, stressed that the conditions the IMF places now in loan programs are decided together with recipient governments. “Seriously, you have to realize that we have changed the way in which we offer our financial support,” she added. “It’s really on the basis of partnership. There is always in partnership a bit of hardship to go with it.”


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PNA: Hope is not lost for Filipino nurses


PNA's ROGER P. Tong-an

MANILA, APRIL 14, 2014 (INQUIRER) By Ayunan G. Gunting - The demand for Filipino nurses both here and abroad may have declined in recent years, but the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) believes the future is still bright for budding and graduating nurses.

The PNA considers Filipino nurses as globally competent, making them a step ahead over their counterparts from other Asian or European countries.

“Filipino nurses are generally hardworking, resilient, resourceful, highly flexible and adaptable to various health care settings and clientele. Hiring Filipino nurses are more affordable for foreign employers,” says Roger P. Tong-an, PNA national office treasurer and PNA Region XI governor.

Tong-an says PNA will continue with its unrelenting efforts and assistance to all of its members in the coming years, something which the organization has been doing over the past 92 years.

Now nearing its century mark, PNA, the country’s primary professional association for nurses, intends to further intensify its goal of advancing holistic welfare of the Filipino nurse.

According to Tong-an, the height of demand for nurses abroad peaked in 2002 to 2010 and have waned in the succeeding years.

“The life of the organization is its membership. The registration fees from the members together with some donations serve as its fund for the various activities, projects and representations of the PNA,” Tong-an says.

“New membership decreases when the global demand declines since there will be lesser number of nursing graduates as a consequence of decreased enrolment to the nursing program,” he further explains.

Currently, PNA has 92 local chapters in the country and 11 chapters abroad.

PNA says it will continue to campaign for more chapters nationwide and in different parts of the world through continuous implementation of institutional visits to hospitals, health facilities and nursing schools along with involvement in co-curricular activities with such facilities and institutions.

Tong-an says the group’s thrusts for this year include generating programs and activities that would prepare nurses to be globally-competitive, along with the establishment of national and international networking for nurses.

PNA was founded by Anastacia-Giron Tupas in 1922 and was originally known as the Filipino Nurses Association (FNA).

All registered nurses in the Philippines are qualified to be members of the PNA.

A nurse must seek membership in the chapter of the province or city where one holds office or residence.

“In case of transfer to another chapter, the member shall accomplish a transfer form to be submitted to both chapters, to be approved by the receiving chapter. In no case can a nurse be a member of more than one chapter. Every member shall pay membership dues as determined by the PNA Board of Governors,” Tong-an says.

IMF no longer forces ‘structural adjustment’ – chief Agence France-Presse 10:22 am | Sunday, April 13th, 2014


International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, accompanied by IMFC Chair and Singapore Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, speaks during a news conference at World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington, Saturday, April 12, 2014. AP

WASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund has changed and no longer imposes tough “structural adjustment” programs as it did in poor countries two decades ago, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Saturday.

Told by a journalist from Ghana that many people there had “a phobia for the IMF” due to the harsh conditions of its past structural adjustment programs in Africa and South America, Lagarde responded: “Structural adjustment? That was before my time, I have no idea what it is. We don’t do that anymore.”

The crisis lender is sensitive to charges it dictates socially and economically harsh reforms on countries availing themselves of its support.

In recent years, it has come under heavy criticism for the austerity policies – mostly government spending cuts and tax hikes – that have accompanied its rescue programs for Greece, Portugal and others.

Lagarde, speaking in a press conference during the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington, stressed that the conditions the IMF places now in loan programs are decided together with recipient governments.

“Seriously, you have to realize that we have changed the way in which we offer our financial support,” she added.

“It’s really on the basis of partnership. There is always in partnership a bit of hardship to go with it.”

“If the Fund is called upon to help, it’s because the country feels it cannot decide certain things on it own, it needs back-up support, financing to make sure that it has access to enough funding.”

She added that the IMF also offers countries technical assistance and help building the capacity to manage an economy.

“So it’s a new face.”

But anti-poverty group Oxfam said the Fund’s programs now are similar to those of the past.

“Austerity programs bear a striking resemblance to the ruinous structural adjustment policies imposed on poor countries in the 1980s and 1990s,” said Nicolas Mombrial, Oxfam director in Washington.

“We hope the IMF’s new narrative on inequality signals that they have indeed left structural adjustment behind.

But whatever language they use, they’re still pushing for cuts in public spending which are hitting the poor hardest.”


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