In line with the Western Mindanao State University’s move for internationalization, the academe, through President Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho welcomed on Tuesday, August 26 delegates from the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for a special visit.
Led by Dakhilullah Al-Shabrami, head of the delegation and Omar Al-Safi, Assistant Employment Attaché, the Arab representatives from the Ministry of Health went all the way from KSA to Mindanao for the hiring of 1,000 nurses—200 of the screened applicants will accordingly come from WMSU, the only institution in Zamboanga City the ministry has tapped, in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region IX and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Regional Office IX.
Prior to the KSA’s MOH’s visit, DOLE and POEA have coordinated with WMSU’s Career and Placement Office (CPO) through Director, Mrs. Fini Joy Buenafe since the aforementioned government agencies and WMSU’s CPO have been long time partners in the conduct of activities like jobs fair and the like.
During their visit, the members of the delegation were welcomed by the Labor Attaché of DOLE, Mr. Adam A. Musa and were presented by OIC-Director of the POEA-RO IX, OIC Marrietta Bellotindos. Mr. Ian A. Lahi (Chief, DOLE Zamboanga City Field Office) and Mr. Albert E. Gutib (Asst. Regional Director, DOLE-RO IX) were also in the affair to witness the beginning of the partnership between WMSU and KSA’s MOH.
The MOH’s delegates’ visit on August 26 was not limited to the hiring of nurses. They have furthermore visited WMSU to learn more about the programs offered by the university, especially in the field of Nursing, Education, Home Economics, Social Work and Asian and Islamic Studies as the university and the ministry are open to establishing an even stronger partnership in the future.
KSA’s Ministry of Health has been screening applicants since August 18. 1,600 medical workers are expected to be recruited by the MOH from Mindanao—1,000 staff nurses, 500 respiratory therapists and 100 X-Ray specialists. (Mandy Dalugdug – PAO, WMSU)