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Health Secretary Enrique Ona announced on Friday government plans to hire another batch of 10,000 nurses willing to serve poor rural communities for a year.

When the Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service (RN HEALS) program was first run early this year, each nurse hired got a monthly allowance of P8,000 from the Department of Health (DOH). Local government units involved pitched in P2,000 more for each nurse deployed to their area.

The second corps of RN HEALS nurses is about 27 percent of the 37,513 nursing graduates who recently passed the professional licensure exams.

Jomel Garcia Lapides, the topnotcher in the latest batch of successful examinees said he wants to work in the country instead of seeking employment overseas, GMA News’ Balatanghali newscast reported.

Lapides is a graduate of the University of the Philippines-Manila.