Secretary Of Health Enrique Ona verbalized that the Heath Department is proposing to the LGU to hire their own nurses.
“We are proposing to regularize them, maybe next year. Eventually, puwede na din mag-hire ang mga LGUs (local government units will be able to hire nurses, too),” DOH secretary Ona Said.“Siguro (Maybe) in the next two years, kaya na ng mga LGUS mag-hire ng sarili nilang (LGUs will be able to hire their own) nurses from the money that will come from PhilHealth,” he added
Enrique Ona said that they are expecting the LGU's to have more health care facilities because of the new Philhealth expanded program courtesy of the Philippine president PNoy.
DOH started the RN Heals program on 2011 by the time when there are over supply of nurses in the country. The program will give a nurse 8000 Php monthly and additional 2000 allowance per month. Ona also emphasized that nurses in this program will get working experience certification after they finish the contract.
"Okay naman po, naiibigay naman yung walong libo, minsan bawas at kulang nga lang. Pero po yung dalawang libong bonus , bihira lang po namin matanggap yun. Ewan ko kung bakit. Siguro isang beses o dalawa lang sa buong taon. " verbalized by the RN HEALS
As of February 2013, DOH recorded more than 30 thousands nurses in the RN heals program.