Manila, PH – Due to the onslaught of Covid-19 in the country, Anakalusugan Party-List Rep. Mike Defensor is targeting to increase the salary of Filipino nurses to P60,000 with the aim of motivating these healthcare talents to keep working in the country.
“We foresee wealthy nations around the world rushing to expand the capacities of their public health systems and stepping up their recruitment of Philippine-educated nurses once the COVID-19 pandemic is suppressed,” Defensor, House Committee on Health vice chairperson, said in response to the expected increase of nursing job offers from Europe, North America and the Middle East.
Under the new Salary Standardization Law for civil servants, nurses in hospitals run by the Department of Health (DOH) receive a starting monthly pay of P32,053, which will steadily increase every year to P36,619 by January 2023.
“The initial figure we are looking at is P60,000 monthly, which is more or less the same starting pay being offered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Filipino nurses, without counting fringe benefits,” Defensor said.
The pay for expat nurses in Europe and North America may remain unmatched due to the strength of Western currencies but Defensor is pondering on the fact that at least the Philippines government should match the expected salary of nurses who are opting to work in the Middle East.
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