Former Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada is opposed to the labor department’s offer to deploy Filipino health workers abroad in exchange for coronavirus vaccine supplies.
The former lawmaker considered the Department of Labor and Employment’s move to send more health workers for vaccines as a form of “human trafficking.”
“hmmm…! Human Trafficking… Barter Trade… is this the way we look at our health care workers or workers in general?” Tañada tweeted on Tuesday, February 23.
“Or is the bigger story the FAILURE of the government to procure the right number of vaccines for our country so they had to resort to embarrassing measures…,” he added.
Tañada was reacting to a Philippine Star news story titled “Nurses for vaccines: Philippines in talks with UK, Germany.”
In the story, the labor department was trying to secure 600,000 coronavirus vaccines the United Kingdom and Germany in exchange of the deployment of more Filipino health workers. The vaccines are supposedly intended for overseas Filipino workers, including those who lost their jobs.
UK and Germany earlier reported sought exemption from the Philippine government’s 5,000 annual limit on the deployment of Filipino nurses and other health workers.
Or is the bigger story the FAILURE of the government to procure the right number of vaccines for our country so they had to resort to embarrassing measures…— Erin Tañada (@erintanada) February 23, 2021