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Covered Municipalities

The selection of the 1,000 poorest municipalities shall be based on the City and Municipal Poverty Incidence based on Small Area Poverty Estimates (SAE), 2003 of the National Statistics and Coordination Board/World Bank. This same SAE is being used by the DSWD in their Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and also for prioritizing target households for their National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction.

How to Apply?

For Online Application

1. Any nurse who wants to apply for the NARS Program of the government will need to visit the website

2. Click the link “Apply Online” to begin transaction.

3. Fill up the appropriate information in the Application Form then click the “Next” button.

4. Type the necessary information to complete the application process then click the “Submit application” button. NOTE: under the Municipality box, list is provided for the applicant. Entry on contact information is a must, otherwise application will not be processed.

5. Click the “Ok” button to confirm your application for the NARS Program.

6. Print the “Online Application Confirmation” slip and wait for advice from the nearest DOLE Regional/ Provincial Office for your initial screening and interview, if needed.

7. To verify the application status, click the link “Check status of application here”.

8. Enter your application control number in the box provided then click the link “Check application status”.

9. Print the “Application Status” to secure a copy.

For Manual Application

1. Secure an Application Form from the DOLE Regional/ Provincial Offices.

2. Fill-up the necessary information and submit the accomplished form to the DOLE Regional/Provincial Offices.

3. Secure a proof of application confirmation (with Control Number) from DOLE Regional/Provincial Offices.

List of successful applicants with their area of assignments shall be posted online at on March 26-31, 2009







Office Address

eMail Address




Undersecretary Carmelita M. Pineda 7/F DOLE Bldg., Intramuros, Manila



(02) 527-5498


(02) 400-6242;

DOLE NCR Bldg., 967 Maligaya St., Malate, Manila




(074) 424-0824

Cabinet Hills, Baguio City;


(072) 700-2520;

ARNEL Bldg., Mabini St., Catbangen., San Fernando City, La Union




(078) 844-2728

Turingan Bldg., Caritan Centro, Tuguegarao, Cagayan


(045) 961-1305

3/F ASCOP Bldg., Mc Arthur Highway, Dolores, San Fernando, Pampanga


(049) 545-7362

3/F & 4/F Andenson Bldg. II, Brgy. Parian, Calamba, Laguna


(02) 374-7974;

7/F Ben-Lor Bldg., 1184 Quezon Ave., Quezon City;



(052) 480-5831

Dona Aurora St., Old Albay, Legaspi City


(033) 320-8026

Swan-Rose Bldg., Commission Civil St., Jaro, Iloilo


(032) 253-0638

2/F GMC Plaza, MJ Cuenco Ave. corner Legaspi St., Cebu City


(053) 255-2436;



Trece Martirez St., Tacloban City


Wee Agro Bldg., Veterans Ave., Zamboanga City;


(062) 993-1877



2/F Gonzalo Go Bldg., Corrales Ave., Cagayan de Oro City




(082) 286-1272

LDL Bldg., Bangoy St., Davao City


(083) 520-0129

102 ACEPAL Bldg., Mabini Ext., Koronadal City


(085) 342-9606;

Nimfa Tiu Bldg., J.P. Rosales Ave., Butuan City



City C A R A G A 342-9503 N urses A ssigned in R ural

Nurses Assigned in Rural Service







“Joining Hands Against the Global Crisis” Department of Labor and Employment Department of Health

Department of Labor and Employment

the Global Crisis” Department of Labor and Employment Department of Health Professional Regulation Commission

Department of Health

Professional Regulation


Nurse Assigned in Rural Service (NARS) NARS is a Training cum Deployment Project, jointly implemented

Nurse Assigned in Rural Service (NARS)

NARS is a Training cum Deployment Project, jointly implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Department of Health (DOH) and the Professional Regulation Commission, Board of Nursing (PRC-BON), designed to mobilize unemployed registered nurses to the 1,000 poorest municipalities of the country to improve the delivery of health care services.

Project NARS is built within the frameworks of the Economic Resiliency Plan of the Arroyo Administration and the Department of Health’s “Fourmula One for Health”. The Project aims to mitigate the impact of the global financial crisis, to save and create as many jobs as possible and expand social protection and help achieve better health service and care for the people, especially those in the poorest municipalities of the country.

Project NARS was launched by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on 9 February 2009 during the Multi- Sectoral Summit on “Joining Hands Against the Global Crisis” in Malacañan, Palace, Manila.

Nurses will be mobilized in their hometowns as warri- ors for wellness to do the three I’s:

1. Initiate primary health, school nutrition, maternal health programs, first line diagnosis;

2. Inform about community water sanitation, practices and also do health surveillance;

3. Immunize children and mothers.

They shall likewise serve as roving nurses for rural schools.


General Objectives

1. Project NARS aims to improve delivery of health care services to our population and create a pool of registered nurses with enhanced clinical and preventive health management competencies for national public and private sector employment.

Specific Objectives

The stipend of P8,000 may be increased if the host LGUs will offer a counterpart of say P2,000. LGUs may provide Philhealth coverage to nurse-trainees. Corporations may chip in by providing shirts, insurance, vitamins, etc., making the project a national enterprise with private equity.

Expected Outcomes

The NARS Project will:

1. Provide registered nurses with necessary competencies that en-

compass both community health practice as well as clinical skills;

2. Address the shortage of skilled and experienced nurses, both domestic and overseas, through structured competency development program;

3. Provide deployment opportunities for nurses in rural areas and underserved communities;

4. Augment the nursing workforce of hospitals and rural health units

in identified poor municipalities of needed clinical and public

health nurses.

Delivery Mechanism

Nurses will be deployed at an average of 5 per town in the 1,000 poorest municipalities, for a six-months tour of duty. Another batch will be deployed for the second half of the year. These nurses will undergo training and development for competency enhancement in accordance with the training program designed by the PRC-BON in collaboration with DOH.

The training program will cover both the clinical and public health functions. Nurses trainees will rotate in their assigned hospital or rural unit for a period of three (3) months. At the end of the third month, nurses who have completed their rotation in the hospital will be re-assigned to a rural unit and vice-versa.

A Certificate of Completion/Competency shall be issued jointly

by the DOLE, DOH and PRC after an assessment of the gained competencies of nurse trainees.

While on training, nurses will be given a stipend/allowance of P8,000.00 per month. This translates to about P366.00 per day for forty (40) hours training/workweek. As these nurses are already in their hometowns, transportation expenses will no longer be a problem.

1. Create a pool of 10,000 nurses who are adequately- trained with enhanced clinical and public health competencies and readily available for local and overseas employment;

2. Provide income of P8,000 per month to 5,000 unemployed nurses for the first six months and to another 5,000 for the second half of the year, to help pump prime the economy;

3. Promote the health of the people through the improvement of the delivery of nursing and health care services, particularly in the 1,000 poorest municipalities; and

4. Bring the government closer to the people.

Recruitment and Selection

Recruitment and selection shall be the responsibility of DOLE, through its Regional Offices.

Registered nurses who are physically and mentally fit and willing to serve in their hometowns and with the following qualifications may apply online at from February 20 to March 22, 2009:

a. With valid nurse license issued by the PRC;

b. Not over 35 years old;

c. Resident

of the identified municipalities / nearby


d. No nursing-related practice for the past 3 years.

Nurse applicants who are dependents of workers affected by the Global Crisis (e.g. laid off/rotated, etc.,) shall be given priority in the selection.