The following was published  on the Philippines Department of Health Facebook page:

The Field Epidemiology Training Program has been an integral component in the Department of Health’s Strategy towards evidence-based policy development and decision making for the past 27 years. The FETP is a two-year training program designed to develop epidemiological expertise among health professionals in the Department and the Philippine Health System.

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The FETP envisions a culture of evidence-based decision making in public health at all levels of the health system and has set its mission to continuously develop and train competent field epidemiologists for the Philippine public health system. As such, it is the program’s utmost goal is to have a Field Epidemiologist at every level of the public health system.

We would like to invite any of your staff that is a promising candidate for FETP to apply for a slot in our program.

Individuals who are urged to apply are health professionals who have a passion for pursuing public health, who wants “learning by doing” and do disease control and prevention work. During the 2-year training, the sending agency provides the trainee’s salary. Expenses during the two year training, including travel fare to and from Manila; travelling expenses and per diem during disease outbreak investigations and special studies; and training allowance per month (P4,000.00) will be supported by FETP. If you send someone to the training program, your area will receive the highest priority in the event that you might need assistance for outbreak investigations. A trainee must agree to go back to his/her sending agency after graduation and serve in the government for at least 4 years.

Applicants will go through a panel interview with an independent committee composed of some members of the FETP advisory and accreditation board on September 11, 2014 (Thursday) at NEC Mini-Conference Room, Department of Health. For additional Information please contact Dr. Vikki de los Reyes (Training Officer) and Mr. Gilbert D. Santos (FETP Advocacy Officer) at Tel nos. 731.3726; 651.7800 local 2929/2954 or email [email protected].