Duterte tells nurses to enter police force if they want bigger salary

  • President Rodrigo Duterte urged healthcare workers to consider joining the police force so they can receive better wages
  • He lamented how nurses earn so little for their services 
  • The President also approved the appeal of healthcare workers to reimpose strict quarantine measures in Metro Manila to give them time to recuperate

President Rodrigo Duterte urged nurses to enter the police force if they wish to have a higher salary.

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The President noted how healthcare workers across the country ought to receive better benefits and compensation. He added that nurses should join the police force so they can earn higher wages for their services.

“Those who want to work with government, lahat ng mga nurses, pumasok kayo sa pulis kasi malaki ang suweldo. If you remain a nurse outside, you only get about eight, nine, 10 [thousand pesos],” he said during a televised address to the public.

Duterte decided to approve the appeal of the healthcare workers to reimpose strict lockdown measures in Metro Manila to give them time to recuperate from exhaustion due to the continued surge of COVID-19 cases nationwide.

Palace spokesperson Harry Roque also announced that Duterte has already approved the hiring of additional healthcare workers to augment the current workforce. They will also be hiring additional 10,000 medical professionals for enlistment and active duty in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

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“Healthcare workers would also be provided additional benefits, such as risk allowance for private sector healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients, the amount of 10 to 15,000 pesos for every healthcare worker that gets sick, life insurance, free accommodation, free transportation, free and frequent testing,” Roque added.

Last month, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) issued Budget Circular 2020-4, that upgrades the entry-level salaries of government nurses from Salary Grades 11 to 15.

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