PH govt urged to 'relax' deployment cap amid demand for Filipino medical technologists in US

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 13) — A group of Filipino medical technologists in the US urged the Philippine government to ease the healthcare worker deployment cap amid strong job prospects in America, the Department of Labor said Sunday.

Labor Attache Angela Librado Trinidad of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Washington D.C. said concerns about the 5,000 quota per year were raised during a meeting with the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET).

"We recently met with PAMET, which has chapters all over the US, to discuss their concern as their profession is included in the deployment cap," she was quoted as saying in a statement.

"They want to know if the limit can be relaxed because they are interested in providing opportunities to their fellow medical technologists," Trinidad added.

Quoting the PAMET, she said there was an estimated demand for 110,000 medical technologists in the US.

According to Trinidad, "most of the job orders" that they receive are in the healthcare sector. They also expect that about 2.5 million nurses would be needed in the next few years.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration earlier this month temporarily suspended the deployment of healthcare workers overseas after hitting the 5,000 cap.

Late last year, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases said the move was needed given the "national demand" for healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.