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Edmonton: Philippine's brain drain

Dr. Gene Nisperos, Secretary General of HEAD Dr. Gene Nisperos, with the Philippine healthcare advocacy group HEAD, in Manila, The Philippines. He's worried about the flood of health workers to Canada and other developed countries. (Ann Sullivan/CBC)

Two million Filipinos are expected to come to Canada for work in the next ten years. Many of them will come to Alberta to fill our desperate labour shortage, but with that growth comes concerns about brain drain. At issue is that we are taking their best and brightest, especially in the medical field.

Dr. Gene Nisperos is Secretary General of Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD), a medical advocacy group in the Philippines. He calls the brain drain of workers leaving for Canada and other developed countries a brain hemorrhage. He sat down with CBC Radio's Ann Sullivan to talk about it.

Listen to Ann Sullivan's full story (Runs 5:29)

Listen to Ann Sullivan's extended interview with Dr. Nisperos (Runs 4:47)

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Jennily Torries (left) and Margaret Mondez (right) Nurses Jennily Torries (left) and Margaret Mondez (right) pour over a map of Canada. These two nurses are heading for well-paying jobs in western Canada. (Ann Sullivan/CBC)




























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BOBBY (EDMONTON) wrote:

KAYOD PINOY!! KUMBATE!!

Posted May 26, 2008 10:06 PM

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