01-06-05

111 (E) [Photoblog] - Oh when the Saints come marching in.

Dumaguete is a sleepy provincial town in the south of Negros, one of the Visayan Islands in the Philippines. It is the provincial capital of Negros Oriental, and home of the prestigious Silliman University. The main activity of this university nowadays, sadly, seems to be re-schooling doctors to nurses. As a nurse, they can earn 10 times more in the US than as a doctor in the Philippines. They must be crying all the way to the bank changing an old American fart's bed linen, instead of trying to bring down the staggering 4% of children's mortality (by lack of medical care) in the Philippines.

Last year, about 1 million Filipinos emigrated, and in a recent poll, 20% of the Filipinos admitted they would work abroad if given the chance. As the worlds janitors. How desperate can a nation be?

The main hospital in Dumaguete needs 60 doctors. Currently there are 43, since this year alone, 6 left to work as a nurse abroad. Currently all but 7 of the remaining doctors are enlisted in university as nursing student. The hospitals management is desperate (source: The Ph. Daily Inquirer).

End may is the annual fiesta in Dumaguete. A photographic impression of the parade a couple of days ago.


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