Participatory update of the Philippine Human Resources for Health (HRH) Master Plan
The unabated migration of Filipino health professionals and its effects on the country's workforce and health service delivery prompted the Department of Health to formulate the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Master Plan (2005-2030) in 2005 and to organise the Human Resources for Health Network (HRHN) in 2006. In the planning process, workforce projections for various health professions helped determine the Philippine health service requirements for the next years. With the availability of new data, the International Labour Organization, through its European Union-funded 'Decent Work Across Borders' (DWAB) project collaborated with the Department of Health and HRHN to update the nursing workforce projections. The study entailed two phases: Phase 1 involved the determination of the indicators and the appropriate workforce projection model for the Philippines and Phase 2 entailed the development of the actual model and the application of the data to produce the projections. The updated workforce projection model has expanded the ability of the Department of Health to make informed decisions and to plan human resources in the healthcare sector.