Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to allow medical professionals to leave the country and work overseas, following a temporary ban due to reported shortage of health workers during the pandemic.

In a statement on Monday, Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque said medical professionals, who have completed their documents as of August 31, are now allowed to work abroad.

At least 1,500 medical professionals are waiting for the government to lift the ban, Roque said. Thousands more medical workers are also stranded in the country due to delays in processing their documents during the lockdown.

Source: EBRU


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