Three Filipino nurses receive Nurses’ Merit Award in Singapore

Image via Arlene Dergam Aleta, Niel Cahatian, Melanie Magnaye-Palo | Facebook
  • Three Filipino nurses in Singapore received the Nurses’ Merit Award for their excellent service, dedication and contribution to the profession
  • They were among the 100 nurses that were nominated by their healthcare institution and passed the top screening by the Ministry of Health
  • Ambassador Joseph del Mar Yap wished to inspire other Filipino nurses through this story to continue to uphold the highest standards in their profession amid the pandemic

Three Filipino nurses in Singapore became our country’s pride for being recipients of the Nurses’ Merit Award (NMA) in July 2020.

Image via Arlene Dergam Aleta | Facebook

They are Ms. Arlene Dergam Aleta, a nurse manager at the St. Andrew’s Community Hospital, Mr. Niel Caderao Cahatian, an assistant nurse manager at the All Saints Home and Melanie Magnaye-Palo, assistant nurse manager at The Salvation Army Peacehaven Bedok Day Center.

The NMA has started giving this prestigious award to nurses since 1976 to recognize exemplary work, professional development participation and contribution to elevating the standard of the nursing profession.

To qualify, they must be nominated by their healthcare institutions and a panel set up by the Singapore Ministry of Health carefully chooses the awardee.

Image via Niel Cahatian | Facebook

This year 100 nurses received the award. Each was given a medal to be worn as part of the uniform and $1,000 Singaporean dollars equivalent to P35,000.

This year’s awarding ceremony was celebrated in time for the 135th anniversary of the nursing profession in Singapore. 2020 is also the Year of the Nurse and Midwife as designated by the WHO.

Image via Melanie Magnaye-Palo via | Facebook

Ambassador Joseph del Mar Yap said, “Filipino nurses have always been known for their dedication, professionalism, and technical capability worldwide.”

He added, “As Filipino nurses find themselves at the frontlines all over the world bravely participating in the global fight against Covid-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019), may this award inspire all Filipino nurses to continue to uphold the highest standards in their profession.”

Congratulations, dear nurses!