This is good news for the nurses in the Philippines. The government is set to hire around 13,000 nurses because the national budget has allocated enough funds for them in the National Budget for 2019. This is according to Senator JV Ejercito who’s running for reelection in the senatorial slate this year. He said on Thursday that under the General Appropriations Act (GAA), the funds for salaries and financial benefits of Php7B are now available for the employment of around 13K additional nurses.
This will be under the HRH (Human Resources for Health) of the DOH (Department of Health). As of the moment there are 3,627 nurses employed in the government sector which is not enough in serving the countless patients in the government hospitals nationwide. This bill will not only help the unemployees nurses but the patients as well.
Senator JV Ejercito is currently the Senate Committee on Health and Demography Chairman. He is also the principal sponsor of the law on Universal Health Care. He was also the one who pushed for the Php7B allocation for HRH during the deliberation in Senate and fortunately succeeded. Ejercito further stated that it was like “hitting two nirds with one stone” because the 13K additional nurses will help in improving services in the government hospitals and give lucrative employment to jobless nurses. The Senator, being the DOH budget sponsor was also able to restore the PHP15B GAA funds for the Health Facilities Enhancement Program.
This is definitely a big help to the jobless nurses in the country. Aside from the salaries, they will also be receiving allowances and additional benefits that government employees are receiving. They will surely be thankful to Senator JV Ejercito for this opportunity that they will be given. They can also use this experience in the future should they decide to work overseas in the future.