Pinoy nurses say they are underpaid

By Gloria Jane BaylonGov’t nurses demand implementation of P16,093 minimum base pay. A hundred Philippine nurses, representing mostly public health institutions, today demanded that government immediately implement the monthly minimum base pay for nurses of not lower than P16,093, stressing this much is required under Republic Act 9173, also known as the Philippine Nursing Law of 2002.

They warned that the government has only itself to blame if the quality of nursing health care deteriorates, given that in many public hospitals a nurse attends to 50 patients as against the ideal of one nurse to 10 patients.

They also announced that unless the salary issue is addressed positively, they will hold their own SONA, or state of the nurses’ address, on Monday, July 28, near the Batasang Pambansa, where President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who signed the Nursing Law, is scheduled to deliver her annual State of the Nation Address.

‘Six years after the enactment of the Nursing Law, nurses (in government service) remain underpaid … many nurses are still receiving less than P10,000 monthly … way below the legal salary’ said Dr. Leah Primitiva Samaco-Paquiz, president of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA).

The Nursing Law’s Article VII, Section 32, clearly states that public nurses must be given the ‘salary of not lower than Salary Grade (SG) 15,’ which is listed at P16,093 in the Compensation and Classification Act (R.A. 6758).

Trumpeting their demand with a noise barrage at the premier public health institution of the country, the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), the nurses and officials of various nursing organizations later held a press conference at the same venue.

The groups included those of the PGH, the National League of Government Nurses and the National Center for Mental Health, PNA, and the Alliance of Health Workers.

Jossel Ebisante, secretary-general of the Alliance of Health Workers, and Annie Geron, joined Paquiz in questioning the delay of the implementation.

‘What we are asking for is not beyond the mandate of the law. So, why is it taking them (government) long to implement the salary … where the beneficiary is also the general public which nurses most willingly serve,’ Paquiz said in a prepared statement.

Paquiz warned of a possible mass movement for overseas employment unless the nurses are given the ‘attractive salary’ due them since 2002.

‘While salary is not the reason why nurses serve,’ Paquiz said she ‘recognizes that foreign employment becomes more attractive to these nurses.’

We need to entice these nurses to work in public health and in government service by this simple request to provide them what is just and legal.’

‘Let us not wait for the time when they all leave to work abroad,’ she stressed.

Paquiz is a member of the Technical Committee for Nursing Education of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

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  1. kristel ramos says:

    Ma’am Leah,
    Report lang po namin ang St. Pio Health Care Services Inc. located sa Pasig City. Wala po cla business permit and they are not complying the government requirements. bago cla mag accept ng aplikante kelangan silipin nila muna sa maliit na butas sa kanilang pinto bago nila papasukin at hindi cla ng accept ng aplikante pag hindi naka schedule sa online yong mga applicants.
    forward ko din sa inyu ang testimonials ng mga naloko nila.

    4 Responses to “Job Opportunity @ St. Pio Health Care Services Inc (Pasig City)”

    good samaritanSeptember 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm #
    SCAM yang St.Pio..dont get fooled, me mga kakilala akong naloko nila guys..sorry pero ilang months na nila pinaasa at pinagastos ung mga kakilala ko until now wla silang work na maibigay..

    sexySeptember 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm #
    hello. talaga po? kasi magpapasa sana kami dyan. nurses po ba mga kakilala mo?

    claire, rnSeptember 29, 2012 at 1:43 pm #
    di po sila scam. their healthcare providers are deployed based on their qualifications matched with patient’s care needs. manpower agency po ang st. pio, kaya it would really take time para mahanapan ng clients ang mga independent healthcare practitioners. their members would attest to the fact na madami na po sila healthcare providers na natulungan mabigyan ng work.

  2. leon says:

    Di naman bago ang raket ng St. Pio healthcare na yan. Madami pang mga agency na mas pa malala dyan. Nangunguna na dyan ang Carelink Healthcare Services, sa Novaliches,QC. Yong Caregivers/midwives rate nila eh nasa P7000 to P11,000/month lang, 12hrs./day=26 days a month. Nurses rate can go as low as P500/12 hrs. for underboard or newly board passers. No meal or transpo. allowance. The same what happens at Vaguard Express Service, Makati Health Specialists, Nightingale, Homecareplus nursing, Pinoynurse, etc. Buti pa nga yong St. Pio may office na pwede puntahan. If You check out the websites and facebook of other agencies, wala ka office address or contact nos. na makikita. If you want apply, they will only allow you to send an email and attach your resume. And when they instruct you to go to their office may isa bahay lang yong office, yong isa nasa garahe lang ng bahay yong office, may isa mejo sosyal kasi condominium siya. Hay naku, it’s the same old story. Because the whole PNA system is watak-watak at wasak-wasak!!!!!!

  3. jv says:

    Pwede na din isama dito yong Earthlink at ICare agencies. Two months delayed lagi salary don hangang nag-resign na nga lang kami. Hanggang ngayon di pa rin nila binibigay yong yong last 3 months na salary namin. Lagi 40% to 50% ang share o cut nila sa salary namin. Ang alam ng mga employer namin, buo namin nakukuha yong salary. Pagbigay samen bawas na kasi yong agency ang nagko-collect ng salary namin.

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