Duterte ends overseas travel ban on healthcare workers — Bello

MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved ending a ban on deploying the nation’s healthcare workers, his labor minister said on Saturday, clearing the way for thousands of nurses to take up jobs overseas.

“The president already approved the lifting of the temporary suspension of deployment of nurses and other medical workers,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello told Reuters.

Bello said the spread of the novel coronavirus was slowing down in the country and conditions were improving, so the government could afford to let its healthcare workers leave.

The Philippines has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Southeast Asia, but daily case nu…

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