Nars: The Contribution of Philippine Nurses in the Philippine Economy

By N Mark Castro

Spreading like wildfire in Philippine news today is the insensitive remark of senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar on Philippine nurses.

Rough Translation:

Actually, (Filipino) nurses don’t need to finish BSN (Bachelor of Science, Nursing). Because our nurse (s) just want to become Room Nurse. Or in America and in other countries they’re like only, just caregivers. They don’t need to be that good.

Unfortunately, Cynthia Villar is one of the leading senatorial candidates and — if Philippine political polling systems are to be believed — is almost secured of a slot in the Senate.

For someone who claims to fight for the plight of the poor and downtrodden, Cynthia Villar surely has their best interests at heart; after all, nobody can screw you better than your own kind.


Lest we forget, Cynthia Villar is the wife of Senator and former losing presidential candidate Manny Villar who, together, made their money in providing affordable real estate to the lower middle class. If you will recall, Senator Manny Villar was also accused of steering an infrastructure project to ensure that it encompasses his properties so as to add value to it. Based on the transcript of the show where Cynthia Villar appeared, one can surmise which side of the spectrum the Villars represent … clearly, it doesn’t have anything to do with the poor or the downtrodden.


The Philippines has shown a steady flow of remittance for over three decades that has helped its economy. For the past decade alone, the economic impact of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) has lorded over the region when it comes to remittance. A large sector of this comes from the highly paid Philippine nurses.

An economic study made on the impact of Philippine nurses revealed that:

In fact, in many hospitals these immigrants make up the majority of the nursing staff. Philippine nurses have become such an integral part of the American health system that they have started their own national organization, the Philippine Nurses Association of America. The Philippine nurses example thus displays the entire phenomenon of migration and its economic consequences.

So to shoot down the hopes of aspiring nurses — including those currently providing invaluable medical assistance — shows the great disconnect with the arrogant assumptions of Cynthia Villar.


While Sen. Manny Villar was at the Senate, his wife Cynthia had established her foothold on her district as the mayor. Armed with their vaunted wealth, the Villars lorded over Philippine politics while projecting themselves as the Champions of the Poor. And now, with all the polls indicating her assured seat in the next Philippine Senate, the Villars will continue to enjoy their grip on power.

Would it really require a stretch of the imagination to picture their political tandem as a brilliant example of political dynasty?

While you’re at it, remember, your dad, your mother, your aunt, your sister, your friend, or even your friend will continue to work hard to provide medical assistance wherever it is needed, then send his or her hard-earned money to you, while being deemed as a low-class profession by the very same senator that says promotes the interests of the poor and the downtrodden.

To this political candidate:

She is nothing but a mediocre room nurse.



About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

Posted on March 4, 2013, in General, Politics and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Arnold Sta Rosa

    Do not vote for Cynthia Villar. The dumbest senatorial candidate whose ignorance and arrogance created an insult to filipino nurses worldwide.

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