Hospitals in the Philippines have been opening up its residency program to doctors from impoverished Nepal to address a shortage of Filipino physicians. Doctors from Nepal have been migrating to the Philippines for residency training in government hospitals.
Bicol Medical Center (BMC) based in Naga City has about a total of 40 Nepalese doctors who are undergoing or are about to undergo residency training. They are assigned to different departments like pediatrics, obstetrics, surgery and internal medicine and will train under the hospital’s specialists and consultants in these fields. Other hospitals that also accepted the Nepalese doctors for residency training include the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC), based in suburban Quezon City, Metro Manila and the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City.
Filipinos in Nepal: There are about 300 Filipinos living in the country and they comprise mostly of professionals, skilled workers, volunteers and missionaries.
In 2006, a peace agreement was signed between Maoist guerrillas and an alliance of seven political parties with the understanding that a new constitution would be signed in 2008.
In partnership with Caritas Australia, the Nepalese branch of the international organisation has assisted an estimated 12,000 farmers in the past.