The increased worldwide demand for nurses is beginning to affect hospitals in Negros Occidental, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.
Private and provincial government-run hospitals are already feeling the shortage of nurses, he said.
But their going abroad also has its upside, the money they send to their families back home is helping the local economy, the governor said.
Marañon said election spending this year will be good for the economy but it is just a passing thing, what Negros Occidental needs are permanent development programs that lead to more jobs.
He cited the construction of the $300-million Tsuneshi Heavy Industries ship recycling facility in Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental, that is expected to start this year when the relocation of residents from the site is completed.
The facility is expected to create 10,000 jobs.
The governor alsostressed the need to improve the quality of education in public schools so that students from poor families can get ahead in life.
And he reiterated the need for peace in the province to draw in more investors so the lives of more Negrenses can improve.*
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