Philippine Nurses Association (PNA), the accredited professional organization of nurses in the country, expresses their gratitude to the President Rodrigo Duterte and Supreme Court for the implementation of Salary Grade 15 basic pay for nurses working in the government.
In an En Banc decision October last year, Supreme Court upheld the provision of Republic Act 9173 or the Philippine Nursing Law of 2002 giving government nurses SG-15 entry-level salary. Congress earmarked P3 billion in the 2020 national budget for its implementation, and last week Department of Budget and Management (DBM) finally released the Circular needed for the funding.
In a statement posted via their official Facebook page, PNA thanked Duterte for declaring 2020 as Year of Filipino Health Workers and recognizing the “immeasurable acts of herois and selfless compassion” of the medical frontliners.
They also lauded the Supreme Court for recognizing the welfare of nurses by upholding the Nursing Law.
“By declaring the validity of the SG15 as basic pay for government nurses, nurses in the country can now look forward to improved working condition for them,” the statement reads. Here’s the full text of PNA Statement:
THE FILIPINO NURSES ARE ONE! Statement of Appreciation and Solidarity from the PHILIPPINE NURSES ASSOCIATION (PNA)
As the Philippines, amidst the global CoVID-19 pandemic, heals as one nation, we, the Filipino nurses, are ONE in the commitment to continuously and untiringly care for all our countrymen despite the great risks and uncertainty that we face. As missioners of health, we have dedicated and will continue to dedicate ourselves to devoted and selfless service to the welfare of the Filipino people.
As ONE with all the Filipino Health Workers, we Filipino Nurses express our gratitude to no less than the President of the Republic, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, for declaring the Year 2020 as the YEAR OF FILIPINO HEALTH WORKERS. We are forever grateful to him for recognizing the immeasurable acts of heroism and selfless compassion of nurses, midwives, and all other health workers and honoring those who sacrificed their lives in the line of service, especially during this very challenging times. As ONE, we renew our vow of service to our country.
As ONE community of nursing professionals, we laud the decision of the Supreme Court in upholding the provisions of the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002, otherwise known as RA 9173, which recognizes the general welfare of nurses. By declaring the validity of the SG15 as basic pay for government nurses, nurses in the country can now look forward to improved working condition for them. Though much is still to be done to achieve the optimal practice environment for nurses in the land, we are ONE in applauding the efforts of all those who worked, lobbied, advocated, supported, and prayed for the passage and eventual implementation of the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002 to the fullest extent possible. The future generation nurses will forever be grateful that there were great nursing leaders of this lifetime who were not afraid to stand their ground and hold their torches just so the country will be better and kinder for nurses.
No sweat nor tear goes unnoticed and unappreciated. We have fought for this for a while now and the duration of the battle makes the victory sweeter. With this, we cheer as ONE.
Having been given the trust and confidence by our Filipino nurses to look after their interests, the leadership of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) will continue to seek ways and means to safeguard the well-being of every Filipino nurse and pledge to be at the forefront in the battle for better working conditions. The daunting challenge to the profession and threat to nurses posed by CoVID-19 is even more glaring and pressing now.
Philippine Nurses Association cares. We respond to your needs and concerns the best way we can. We are all in this together. We fight, we heal, we rise as one. As Filipino Nurses, we are ONE!
Gov. Rosie S. De Leon, PhD, RN
Gov. Jan Nicanor B. Tugadi, MPH, RN
Chair, Board of Governors