The Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) are joining forces to ensure response to Filipino nurses working abroad.
The nurses’ group and OWWA signed a Memorandum of Undestanding (MOU) on the sidelines of Migrant Workers Day.
“It’s basically looking at how we can respond to welfare and rights concerns of nurses working overseas,” Erlinda Palaganas, PNA national president said.
The MOU says three agencies will join hands, including the Labor Department, to coordinate efforts to promote health and wellness of OFWs and their families.
The agreement will become a “platform of partnership” between nursing professionals through PNA “to support health and medical interventions” for Filipino workers and their families.
Medical and psycho-social assistance will also be given to nurses and OFW families in need.
“We also noticed that mental health concerns are among the major concerns of our migrant workers. We have nurses or migrant workers coming home with mental health concerns, depression ,and things like that,” Palaganas said.