Makabayan bloc files bills to raise salaries of nurses, government workers

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In response to the surging prices of commodities brought about by the tax reform package, members of the Makabayan bloc filed on Monday two House bills raising the monthly salary of nurses and government employees.

The leftist lawmakers filed House Bill 7196 or “An Act Upgrading the Minimum Monthly Salary of Nurses to P30,000 and Providing for Benefits for Nurses” and House Bill 7197 or “An Act Increasing the Monthly Salaries of All Government, Raising the Minimum Monthly Salary in Government to P16,000 and Appropriating Funds Therefor.

The Makabayan bloc is composed of Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna, Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas of Gabriela, Antonio Tinio and France Castro of ACT-TEACHERS, Ariel Casilao of Anakpawis and Sarah Elago of Kabataan.

In a statement, the group said it sought the pay hikes in response to the “wide and strong clamor of government workers and nurses amidst the rising cost of living.”

“These salary bills will help cushion the impact of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) and the skyrocketing prices of basic commodities that also badly hit ordinary government employees and nurses. While the AFP and the PNP personnel now have double salaries, the salaries of state workers and nurses remained despicably low,” Zarate said.

“It is high time that other government employees like teachers and nurses should have higher salaries,” he added.

“We hope that these bills will be prioritized and fast tracked by the House leadership so as to lighten the burden of government employees who are in the front line of serving our people,” Zarate said.