DOH Orders Termination of Nurse Volunteer Programs
Department of Health Secretary Enrique Ona issued a memorandum order directed to all DOH-retained hospitals in the Philippines to stop all Volunteer Training Programs for Nurses.
The health secretary pointed out that the current practice of registered nurses “volunteering” in hospitals to gain work experience to obtain a certificate of work experience for the purpose of meeting requirements for employment abroad, is not consistent with the provisions of law.
“Many hospitals have implemented “nurse volunteerism’ in the guise of “training programs” in order to justify the collection of “training fees,” whereby such basic skills training put no added value to the professional career of the nurses,” said Ona.
According to the Republic Act (RA) 9418 or the Volunteer Act of 2007, “volunteerism” as an act involving a wide range of activities, including traditional forms of mutual aid and development interventions that provides an enabling and empowering environment both on the part of the beneficiary receiving, and the volunteer rendering the act, undertaken for reasons arising from social-developmental, business or corporate orientation, commitment or conviction for the attainment of the public good and where monetary and other incentives or reward are NOT the primary motivating factors.