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Nurses swamp DoLE for rural jobs

Only a day after it announced that it was recruiting nurses for rural health work, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) was swamped by more than 15,000 applicants, a labor official said Tuesday.

DoLE spokesperson Nicon Fameronag said that as of 1:42 p.m. Tuesday, 15,858 online applicants had registered for the 10,000 slots of the RN Heals employment program.

“This (figure) is just for one day and a half. It does not even include the walk-in applicants in our regional offices,” Fameronag said.

This was not surprising as news about the DoLE’s employment program had been disseminated widely by the news media, he said.

There are an estimated 100,000 unemployed nurses in the country.

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