Lacson: Salary increase of gov’t nurses to help them in the ‘new normal’

A lawmaker who pushed for the funding of salary hike of nurses was elated to hear that finally the Salary Grade 15 minimum pay will be implemented.

Senator Panfilo Lacson said that the recent announcement of Department of Budget and Management (DBM) that they already have appropriated funds for the upgrading of government nurse’s salary is a much-needed support for these medical frontliners while fighting the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat.

“Definitely, no amount is enough to show our appreciation for the sacrifices and hard work of our nurses, especially those in the front lines. Still, this pay increase – which was sought even before the COVID pandemic hit – will be of help to them in one way or another,” Lacson said.

“As all of us are now dealing with the ‘new normal’ due to the pandemic, the pay increase should hopefully make a difference for them,” he added.

DBM issued Budget Circular 2020-4 last Friday, July 17 which upgrades the entry level salaries of government nurses from SG 11 to SG 15. Based on Salary Standardization Law V which took effect starting January 2020, that’s from P20,754 to P32,053 (a difference of P11,299).

It noted some P3 billion was earmarked in the 2020 budget under the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund for the implementation of the salary upgrading of the nurse positions.

During the deliberation of the Department of Health’s 2020 budget on November 19 last year at the Senate, Lacson pushed for an amendment to the P4.1-trillion 2020 budget so that the nurses won’t have to wait much longer for its implementation.

Through Lacson’s efforts, the 2020 budget contained a new special provision – “Increasing the Salary Grade of Government Nurses” – where the base pay of government nurses shall be Salary Grade 15, in compliance with the Supreme Court’s decision (G.R. 215746).

Lacson noted that P3.173 billion is needed for the salary upgrade of government nurses, so they can attain Salary Grade 15.

As the funds are already there under MPBF, government nurses need not wait for the passage of legislation or the availability of funds to be provided by DBM, he added. (via Senate website)

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