The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) said there was a sharp drop in the number of nursing graduates based on the most recent examination.
“The number of nurses, who took the exams last December, only reached 68,000,” said PRC Commissioner Jennifer Manalili.
In previous years, she noted, there were between 80,000 to 85,000 nursing examinees.
Manalili said the PRC expects the trend to continue this year as demands for nurses in other countries continue to drop recently.
“We expect this downward trend in the number of enrollees and licensure applicants to continue to decline,” Manalili said.
Last month, reports came out that the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) has decided to close some 80 nursing schools in the country citing their graduates’ low passing rates in the licensure examinations.
Manalili also said they have received reports from some rural schools that they have already closed down their nursing programs due to small number of enrollees.
To note, the nursing industry became a big hit that is being subscribed by high school graduates during the last decade as overseas demand for nurses also soared.
The PRC has estimated that the number of unemployed Filipino nurses will be at 298,000 this year, including the 68,000, who took the licensure exam last December. (HDT)
Source: Sunstar Philippines