- Rep. Mike Defensor pushes to give government nurses a salary increase
- He suggested to move from the current Salary Grade 15 to Salary Grade 21, which is around P60,000
- Defensor said this is needed to convince nurses to stay and work in the country instead of going abroad
Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor has proposed to hike the current pay of state nurses in an effort to make them stay in the country instead of working abroad.
Defensor filed House Bill 7833 that aims to give government nurses a starting pay of over P60,000 per month. Under the bill, nurses working in public health institutions will have an entry Salary Grade of 21. Currently, entry-level nurses are at Salary Grade 15 which is at around P32,053.
Defensor said there is an urgent need to address the huge number of nurses seeking better opportunities abroad instead of working in the country.
“We are already losing around 19,000 nurses every year to foreign employers. A decade ago, we were losing only 12,000 of them annually. 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 warned.
The lawmaker said that while the Philippines cannot compete with the salary given to nurses working in Europe and America, the government can match those in Saudi Arabia. He noted that Filipino nurses working in hospitals in Saudi Arabia receive around P60,000 while those who work under “private duty” receive more at around P80,000.
In Europe, the rate for nurses is higher with a starting salary of around P115,000 to P137,000, while in the United States the rate is equal to around P185,000, Defensor stressed.