How to Apply for the NARS Program
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will start receiving application for the NARS (Nurses Assigned in Rural Service) program on February 20, 2009 (Friday). Interested applicants may file their application at the nearest DOLE regional office, or online at www.nars.dole.gov.ph where application forms can be downloaded.
Unemployed registered nurses who are physically and mentally fit and willing to serve in their hometowns and who meet the following requirements may qualify for the training cum employment under NARS:
- With valid nurse license issued by the PRC
- Not over 35 years old
- Resident of the identified municipalities
- No nursing-related practice for the past 1-3 years
Nurse applicants who are dependents of workers affected by the Global Crisis based on the list provided by the DOLE Regional office shall be given priority in the selection. Deadline for submission of application is on March 22, 2009. The initial 5,000 nurse-trainees would be selected for deployment beginning April 1, 2009. Another batch of 5,000 nurse-trainees would be recruited between Aug. 15- Sept. 30, 2009. Deployment of the second batch to rural areas would commence on Oct. 1, 2009.
Completion of the training program under NARS program shall be considered as a substitute for the work experience requirement of hospitals and other health facilities, both local and overseas. The Certificate of Completion shall be issued jointly by the DOLE, DOH and PRC.
While on training, nurses will be given a stipend/allowance of P8,000.00 per month. This translates to about P366.00 per day for a forty (40) hours training/workweek. As these nurses are already in their hometowns, transportation expenses will no longer be a problem.
The stipend of P8,000 may be increased if the host LGUs will offer a counterpart of say P2,000. Corporations may chip in by providing shirts, insurance, vitamins, etc., making the program a national enterprise with private equity.