Saturday, July 28, 2007
UST Nursing Students Protest JPEPA
University of Sto Tomas (UST) nursing students are joined by two faculty members, Professors Gemma Aboy and Edith Ocampo, protesting inside the UST campus against the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA),which they say does not present good job opportunities for them given the stringent Nihonggo requirements and discriminatory treatment of Filipino nurses under the agreement. Filipino nurses under the JPEPA will serve as trainees for up to three years in Japan and will only gain full-fledged status as nurses after passing licensure exams in Japanese. The Japanese Nursing Association (JNA) is also opposing the entry of Filipino nurses in Japan, saying that the entry of cheap nursing care will worsen the working conditions of Japanese nurses.