God’s plan for the Philippines: infesting the world with desperate Filipino nurses

The now infamous pronouncement coming from a certain Filipino Catholic bishop that overpopulation is good for Filipinos and the world comes at an interesting time when reports of how some Filipinos working overseas as nurses and caregivers have gone bad.

Bishop Gilbert Garcera of the Diocese of Daet, the capital of Camarines Norte, believes overpopulation has been advantageous to the Philippines and to the world because it has increased the number of overseas workers and migrants who could send remittances back home while taking care of ageing people abroad and spreading the Christian faith.

Swiss-based Filipino nurse Blaze Binder in her work clothes
Swiss-based Filipino nurse Blaze Binder in her work clothes
Unfortunately, spreading the Christian faith seems to be not part of Filipino-born nurse Blaze Binder who reportedly spent her leisure time taking photos of herself next to dead or dying pensioners in the Swiss aged care facility she works in, posting these on her Facebook page then asking her followers to guess if that pensioner was dead or alive. Ms Binder also moonlights as a dominatrix and also advertises her “services” on Facebook.

Then there is the report of Filipino nurses caught on video molesting bedridden patient in the United States. The video also allegedly showed the two of them “other sexual acts with each other while touching the bed-ridden victim.”

So much for that Christian mission of taking care of the world’s ageing people Bishop Garcera envisioned as God’s call to the Filipino people.

Quite unfortunate that a handful of bad apples would taint that noble sector of Philippine society that takes up the nursing profession for the purpose of seeking employment overseas to contribute to the Philippines’ flaccid economy. But then, there is something to be said about the notion of seeing nursing as a ticket to overseas fortunes.

Nursing, after all, is a calling. It is not the easiest nor the most glamorous of professions. Yet it is rewarding work for those to whom being a nurse is regarded as a personal vocation.

The trouble with the way the nursing profession is regarded in the Philippines is that it is seen by many Filipinos more as a stepping stone to a financially rewarding job (by their standards) overseas. As for the rewards to the soul or to a sense of non-financial personal fulfillment that real nurses seek, it is likely that the proportion of Filipino nurses who harbour that ethic is shrinking by the year as the fortune seekers in that profession (those who become nurses for the wrong reasons) utterly swamp the dwindling number of those who enter the profession seeking their vocation.

This is a disturbing trend. As the citizens of affluent societies age, demand for aged care and nursing services will increase. But with a shortage of local talent filling those roles already looming, these societies will increasingly rely on the Third World for such professionals many of whom will be in it mainly for the money.

Hopefully, governments of affluent countries will recognise the risks posed by foreign Third World nurses on its citizens and step up efforts to boost domestic capacity for producing this much-needed skill within their respective populations. Australia, for one, in its national training plan recognises the coming crisis arising from the serious shortage in healthcare professionals highlighted in government forecasts.

Australian Nurses Federation federal secretary Lee Thomas said the forecasts were extremely concerning.

“The federal government must find solutions to the growing demand for nurses by investing in training for new nurses,” Ms Thomas said.

HWA was set up by the Council of Australian Governments to manage planning and reforms to the health workforce.

The United Kingdom which is also a big employer of foreign nurses is taking action to curb its dependence on foreign talent.

[…] the Royal College of Nursing’s South West Regional Director Jeannette Martin said: “Effective long-term workforce planning now is essential to ensure that the UK has the right level of nursing staff without having to recruit from overseas.”

But Bishop Garcera’s proposal that the Philippines step up to its duty as the caregiver to the world’s aged by embracing overpopulation will likely infest humanity with impoverished nurses desperate for a shot at the Filipino dream of overseas employment. “We should stop looking at poor people as a problem,” says Garcera who believes that the impoverishment of the Philippines is part of God’s “plan” for Filipinos to “take care of other nationalities by inducing migration and working abroad.”

[Photo courtesy Mail Online UK.]


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I feel bad for most people who are taking us Nursing. Not because they are Nurses since I know people who really wanted to become a Nurse even before the demand. But because they are taking it up because it’s their way of working abroad and earning for their family despite being away from them, in a better circumstance they could be doing something they really are passionate about and make that their career.

Bong Cunanan

If China wishes to wage war upon us then we need to match their man power. The clergy may not necessarily have this in mind but “God works in mysterious ways” diba? Besides, having a large population also makes for a large labor force that can also compete with China so we can beat them economically as well.

megaman 101

i felt that most of the youth today are taking up nursing. i hope for the best it is more of a personal calling like the author said to help those who need genuine care but so far i see its all about going abroad for huge sums of money. noble it seems? but deep inside its more of money talk. sorry for those who wanted to help people that will simply take advantage of them…. the over supply of nurses in this country must be addressed properly because nursing is not the only world the philippines need.


I wonder why Garcera’s quote was being spread around again online, it’s old and I had already written a rebuttal to that. But anyway, saying that it’s the Filipinos’ duty to proliferate and become the servants of other countries comes with the increased risk of producing broken families and abuses associated with overseas work.

I took nursing not as a “personal vocation” but primarily to attain financial security which is second on the list of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Pretty legit reason if you ask me. So far I have been successful. Even if I disliked the profession initially. Now I don’t mind doing it as it puts a roof above my head & food on the table. Nursing is like any other job that you have to be competent and have the skills to do your job. The hospital as well is run like any other business. No need for the nursing occupation… Read more »
Sea Bee

According to UNESCO: the number one cause of poverty in the world: OVERPOPULATION

Hyden Toro
The trouble of Bishop Garcera is: he never worked in foreign country. To be a worker in a foreign country. You are subjected to race and national origin discrimination. You get the lowest paid job and the worst job. Then, they work you like a carabao. A little mistake you make ; can have you fired; right there and then. You have to be ten (10) times smarter than them; to survive in such environment. Your foreign accent is also a factor. There is also a glass ceiling, above your head; that prevents you from going up, in your position.… Read more »

Instead of nursing or caregiving, why don’t Filipinos try their hand beyond the service industry and into sciences and technology? More physicists, biologists and chemists to export would really raise the country’s reputation above being called a “nation of servants.” It all starts at home with a change starting with the Philippines stand-offish attitude towards these fields.


Well-written.Demand and Supply in Economics can rule over this issue.Right now,Lessened Demand:Maximum Supply=Underemployed/unemployed.I am sick of some of these wanna-be RN’s that discriminate other courses.


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It certainly is ironic that for a people obsessed with becoming professionals or holding white collar jobs, the work we do is certainly not up to professional standards.


The US, Europe and all other countries should close their doors to foreign laborers. I say this because it makes it difficult for US students like me to pursue careers without thinking about over saturation. To much influx in oversea workers taking the jobs of people who live within country. I personally feel that it is unfair since for lower income families in the US have government aid while middle class has barely anything to work with since they cant qualify for government support.

Anon nymous

all the Filipino nurses I have met are only interested in getting white men to marry them, they are all sluts and whores. They treat other races badly because they think they are superior. They should go back to their own dirty whore breeding country.