VILLAR SENDS SORRY LETTER TO U.S. NURSES; COMMITTS HELP TO IMPROVE NURSING INDUSTRY

By Balitang America Staff

March 13, 2013

Philippine congresswoman Cynthia Villar has sent a letter of apology to the Philippine Nurses Association of America for her statements on television which the nurses group took offense to.

“I deeply regret my wrong choice of words, uttered under extreme time pressure, before a nationwide, if not global audience,” she said in her letter, sent through Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Cusia.

Villar also wrote that she intends to push for measures in congress, to raise the minimum wage for Philippine nurses, grant hazard pay, create new job opportunities for local nurses, improve accreditations of nursing school, and create re-integration programs for nurses who have returned to the Philippines from abroad.

The Philippine Nurses Association of America responded favorably to Villar’s apology, and said it is willing to collaborate with Villar with her proposed measures.

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