Poor, remote towns in
Samar await NARS 2 program
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Rural folks from the most remote towns of
Samar eagerly await the deployment of the second batch of Nurses
Assigned in Rural areas (NARS) program.
In a phone interview
with Matuguinao town Mayor Aran Boller, he said that his town yearns
for the volunteer nurses especially so that in the first batch, nobody
was assigned there.
As the Department of
Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced the influx of applicants,
somehow, Boller was assured of five nurses in his remote Matuguinao.
Matuguinao is a fifth
class municipality struggling with a high malnutrition prevalence.
San Jose de Buan,
another remote and impoverished town, also await the coming of the
Mayor Mila Rebato
stressed that her Rural Health Unit has only a Municipal Health
Officer (MHO), and five midwives, with no nurses.
Though the lady mayor
did not promise additional LGU allowance for her incoming nurses, she
told PIA, she may look for funds to help augment the allowance given
by DOLE and Department of Health (DOH).
She added that the
only nurse deployed during the first batch proved very helpful in
helping MHO Dr. Phoebe de la Cruz carry out the health services in the
MHO Dr. Phoebe de la
Cruz said the nurses will be able to help her grapple with
malnutrition in de Buan.
Matuguinao and San
Jose de Buan are two of the farthest and poorest municipalities in
Samar and that the deployment of the nurses to these impoverished
areas will prove that the national government cares for them, said
The second batch of
nurses are scheduled to render their first day of service on October 1
as the first batch of nurses started in April 1.
NARS, a project of
PGMA under the Comprehensive Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) is
designed for nurses to be deployed to their hometowns in rural areas
to undergo six-month training in providing public health services and
in performing clinical functions under the guidance of participating
hospitals and other medical facilities.