- Former Vice President Jejomar Binay reacted to the proposal to trade Philippine nurses in exchange for vaccines from Britain and Germany, calling the proposal as "dehumanizing"
- This was the proposal made by the Labor department considering that many nurses are needed abroad
- The Labor Department said that they are considering lifting the cap on nurses being sent abroad if there is an agreement on the said exchange
- The Philippines wants to secure 148 million doses of vaccine and the proposal came about amid delay and shortage
Barter is an old form of trading of commodities and while it is still being practiced today, it would seem that to put that into effect with the subjects being the country's nurses vis-a-vis vaccines, clearly did not sit well with the former Vice President Jejomar Binay.
According to DZMM, Binay did not agree with the said proposal. Binay slammed the proposal to exchange PH nurses for vaccines from Britain and Germany.
In a Twitter post, he said, "The proposal to offer more nurses to the UK and Germany in exchange for vaccines, if true, is insensitive and dehumanizing. Our nurses are not commodities to be traded."
The Labor Department made a proposal to exchange Philippine nurses for vaccines coming from the UK and Germany.
As per Philstar's report, Alice Visperas, the international labor affairs bureau director of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), stated that Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III asked both Britain and Germany to provide vaccines to the Philippines in exchange for more nurses to be deployed in the said countries.
Nurses are in demand in the two European countries because of their aging population.
ABS-CBN News reported that Visperas told Reuters they are considering the request to lift the cap on the deployment of nurses to Britain and Germany, but it will be subject to the agreement.
Jejomar Binay is a Filipino politician who served as the Philippines' 13th vice president under President Benigno Aquino III. During the Martial Law period, he represented political prisoners in the 1970s without any charge. After some time, he himself was detained.
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