The Department of Health (DOH) will be needing 26,000 nurses in plantilla positions for the implementation of Universal Health Care, said undersecretary Roger Tong-an.
DOH Usec. Tong-an revealed this good news recently as one of the speakers in the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) Nursing Leadership Institute training.
“We will have 26,000 nurses who will be in a plantilla position as an appointment next month for this Universal Health Care,” said Tong-an.
As much as P7.4 billion will be added in the budget of the UHC ‘so that our nurses in the grassroots will not be unemployed again, so pinabalik namin sila,’ he said.
He also added that from a job order, there will be appointment of nurses who will get a very good salary package. “And just to announce, that the salary of our nurses next month will be P33,787,” he exclaimed.
“So a task of this magnitude requires renewed trust and coordinated efforts among our health stakeholders. We can start the reforms in building a health care system that is strong and resilient,” Usec. Tong-an concluded.
It can be recalled that during the budget hearing in Congress, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) secretary Benjamin Diokno also said that government nurses under DOH Human Resource for Health Deployment Program (HRHDP) will get permanent and contractual positions.
DBM has allocated P7.8 billion for HRH under the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF) for the creation of these new positions, in addition to P7 billion restored by Congress bicameral committee as part of DOH budget for 2019.
It remains to be seen if this proclamation of Usec. Tong-an will materialize as the 2019 national budget and UHC bill are still in the President’s desk waiting for his signature.
Watch Usec. Tong-an on hiring of nurses for UHC (Video credits to Benj Foscablo):