Nurses who will serve under the Department of Health (DOH) Human Resource For Health program this 2019 will receive an appointment and get over P45,000 salary package monthly.
This was the proposed compensation package of these health workers under the Nurse Deployment Project (NDP) of the DOH, as discussed and presented December last year.
In his previous statements, Undersecretary Roger Tong-an said that around 17,000 plantilla positions as an appointment are ready for these NDP nurses, not job order.
“If the budget will be approved this coming Monday, all of the 17,000 of the nurses in the [Nurse Deployment Project] will be appointed as regular in their position. Ready na po ‘yon, and we are exempted from the Comelec (Commission on Elections) ban,” Tong-an explained during the PNA Regional Convention in Batangas.
The giving of appointment to NDP nurses was intended to be implemented starting January 2019 but remained pending due to delayed signing of the General Appropriations Act (GAA).
The total compensation and benefits package pegged at P45,697.27 includes: Salary Grade 15 4th tranche, Magna Carta Benefits (PERA, subsistence, laundry and hazard pay), and employers share.
Salary Grade 15: 30,531
Hazard Pay: 7,632.75
Subsistence and laundry: 1,250
Employers share: 4,283.52
TOTAL: Php 45,697.27
Aside from these monthly package, NDP nurses will also get 1-time additional benefits such as mid-year and year-end bonus, clothing allowance, cash gift, and Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI).
The recently signed national budget has allocation of P7 billion for the implementation of HRH program.
Former Budget secretary Benjamin Diokno also revealed that 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.
Now, will this be finally implemented as the budget have already been approved by the President? We will see in the next few days as DOH is expected to release another statement on HRH Deployment.