Avant CEO Meets with Philippine Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz
Shari Dingle Sandifer, CEO Avant Healthcare Professionals and VP of AAIHR, met with Philippine Secretary of Labor Dimapilis-Baldoz in Manila on August 26, 2011 to discuss recruitment of Filipino educated healthcare professionals by Avant and other AAIHR member companies, as well as to share current industry updates and issues. Philippine Regulatory Chairperson Teresita Manzala was also in attendance at the meeting.
Physical therapists and occupational therapists updates were shared and included the following highlights:
· Update on the NPTE fixed test administration dates
· Increasing educational requirements for physical therapists in the US to the doctorate degree not later than 2020
· Increasing educational requirements for foreign educated occupational therapists to the master degree in July 2013
At the conclusion of the meeting all parties agreed that an ongoing dialogue should continue between the AAIHR and Department of Labor and Employment.