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Para ‘di na mag-abroad! Bill proposes P61K starting salary for gov’t nurses

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Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor has filed a bill seeking to institutionalize a salary of P60,901 for entry-level nurses in government hospitals to discourage them from leaving the country for better paying jobs.

Under Defensor’s House Bill 7933, the starting pay grade of all nurses employed in public health institutions will be bumped up by six notches – from Salary Grade 15 to Salary Grade 21.

At present, nurses employed by the government, such as those in Department of Health-run hospitals, receive a starting monthly pay of P32,053.

“Unless we assure our nurses a higher standard of living here at home, we are guaranteed to lose a larger number of them in the years ahead,” Defensor said.

Should the bill become a law, the starting monthly pay of public nurses will be revised upward in the following manner, in accordance with Republic Act No. 11466, or the Salary Standardization Law of 2019:

• P60,901 (from P33,575) effective Jan. 1, 2021.

• P62,449 (from P35,097) effective Jan. 1, 2022; and

• P63,997 (from P36,619) effective Jan. 1, 2023

Defensor said his bill seeks to make the salary of government nurses at par with the P60,000 offered in Saudi Arabia for foreign nurses.

“We cannot match the starting pay being offered by North American and European hospitals to Filipino nurses, but we can match the rate being offered by employers in Saudi Arabia, for instance,” he said.