Duterte allows more Pinoy health workers to leave for jobs abroad

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President Rodrigo Duterte has allowed more Filipino health workers to leave the country and pursue jobs abroad provided they completed their employment papers as of the end of August, his spokesman Harry Roque announced today.

“Health professionals with complete documentation as of Aug. 31, 2020 were already allowed by the President to leave for work abroad,” Roque said in English and Filipino in a virtual briefing.

He added that this move will benefit some 1,500 health workers.

Duterte’s decision amends the government’s previous resolution to ban medical professionals from leaving the Philippines, save for those who completed their employment papers as of March 8. This was done with an aim to ensure that the country has enough skilled medical workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III earlier this month said that the newly approved rule “won’t present a huge loss”

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The Technology 202: Congressional fight over funding for digital learning could leave behind as many as 15 million kids

Democrats want to include $4 billion in funding specifically dedicated to virtual learning needs. Funds in their plan would be distributed through the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program that helps schools and libraries obtain affordable broadband access. The House version of the next relief package was approved with $1.5 billion in funding for WiFi hotspots, connected devices and other telecommunications services to schools and libraries.

More than four dozen education advocacy and Internet rights groups including the National Education Assocation have signed on to support the Democratic bill and have been pushing members of the Senate to include it in the final relief package.

Republicans have proposed $70 billion in overall funding for K-12 education, a pot of money they say recipients could also use for virtual learning. 

However, the bill misses the mark and falls far short of the needs facing our nation’s schools, 16 education groups

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