Putting a nurse in every barangay in the Philippines will be a leap in improving health service delivery in the country.
Las Piñas Rep. Camille Villar emphasized this as she filed a bill in Congress which seeks to employ nurse in every village.
The neophyte congresswoman filed House Bill 3312 in a bid to address the unemployment of nurses and improve the delivery of health care services in the countryside.
Villar cited a Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) estimate in 2014 that there are at least 300,000 unemployed nurses in the country. The figure is believed to have increased since then.
The government should treat this problem as an opportunity to improve health services in the far-flung barangays by engaging the services of these unemployed nurses, said Villar.
Under the bill, nurses employed by the barangay will be entitled to a monthly stipend preferably equal to Salary Grade 15, consistent with the mandatory minimum entry-level pay for government nurses under the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002, or Republic Act (RA) No. 9173.
The duties of each nurse in the barangay will include educating residents on the importance of health, hygiene, sanitation and wellness.
“Their goal is not only to address the immediate medical needs of the community, but also, through education, to prevent illnesses and ailments,” Villar said.
HB 3312 was submitted to the Lower House on August 1, 2019 and is now pending on Committee on Local Government.
Earlier this year, then senator JV Ejercito also filed the same bill in Senate which did not prosper. Hopefully another senator will refile the bill to push the same measure in the upper house. (Photo by Jello Mendoza Tabago)