It'd be hilarious if it weren't so poignant.
True to the renowned "ingenuity" of the Filipino entrepreneur, this bizarre arrangement of employees paying their employers goes by the euphemism "training program" -- as in Philippine hospitals offer on-the-job training programs that newly-graduated nursing students can avail of if they pay said hospital "training fees".
some PHA members indeed charge fees for training programs for new nurses, a practice allowed by both the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Professional Regulation Commission.
"I'm not denying that some members are making money (on the training programs) but not all are rotten apples," [Philippine Hospitals Association (PHA) vice president Dr. Hermogenes Jarin] said.
"Nobody is twisting anybody's arm to participate in these programs."
"Indignation" coming from the Philippines' ironic "civil" society is seeing newly-amnestified mutineer "Senator" Antonio Trillanes getting "involved" in the "issue"...
Upon the suggestion of Sen. Antonio Trillanes, who was attending his first legislative hearing since being released, Jarin promised to call on PHA members to discontinue the practice of collecting fees from new nurses in exchange for short-term work.
But then what will unemployed nurses do if they cannot even pay to be employed??
Bizarre situation indeed! Unemployment so bad that the unemployed would pay to work. Amazingly, somebody got it right...
Sen. Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. said the problem of nurses' exploitation boils down to oversupply.
"Many are willing victims. Alam nila they are being exploited but they don't have other options kaya sige lang," Marcos said. "We should really look very hard on the proposal for a moratorium on (producing) more nurses."
Believe it or not, this issue comes down to the renowned lack of imagination of the Filipino -- evident in how we rush like lemmings towards what is in and what is popular. It is a uniquely Filipino phenomenon that I call The Shawarma Effect:
We define the shawarma effect, thus:
Proliferation in such undifferentiated volumes as to devalue.
The term originates from an observation of the way Filipinos approach entrepeneurship. Shawarmas are Mediterranean wraps that became an entrepeneurial rage in the Philippines back in the early 1990's. At its height, every street corner had a stand and every man and his dog was thinking: I could do that and make a killing too! Suffice to say, we don't see too many shawarma stands today as the business model replicated itself to oblivion like a spreading scum colony choking the life out of a small pond.
Just another example of the self-created "problems" of the Filipino coming back and demanding interest accrued.