Manila, Philippines – Libu-libong nurse sa bansa ang nanganganib na mawalan ng trabaho. Ayon kay Nars Party-List Representative Leah Paquis, aabot sa labing dalawang libong (12,000) contractual nurses ang posibleng hindi na ma-renew ang kontrata dahil umano sa kakulangan sa budget.
Bukod sa mga nurse, apektado rin aniya ang ilang doktor midwife at mga pharmacist. Agad na nagpadala ng sulat ang grupo kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte upang hilingin na magkaroon ng regular na trabaho ang mga nurse kasabay rin ng hirit na tuluyan ng tuldukan ang kontraktwalisasyon sa bansa.
DOH said, 12,000 Nurses lose Jobs in the Philippines is not true. Asked about the data revealed by Ang Nars Party-list that 12,000 nurses might lose their jobs this year due to lack of budget, DOH Director Ken Ronquillo maintained that claim is not true.
“Can we ask Ang Nars Party-list the source of the 12,000 nurses? Kasi baka newly licensed nurses na nag-accumulate ‘yan. Hindi naman po taun-taon na may dagdag positions for nurses both in the government and private health sector,” he explained.
Yesterday Ang Nars disclosed that an estimated 12,000 nurses might lose their job this year because of lack of budget, while 5,000 already got unemployed in 2017.
“[An estimated] 12,000 of 24,000 nurses under the DOH [Department of Health] nurse deployment program will lose their jobs this year because of lack of budget. Last year, 5,000 nawalan ng trabaho (lost their job),” Ang Nars Party-list representative Leah Paquiz said.
Ronquillo, however, clarified that there was a decrease of only 1,379 nurses.
“I do not know the source of Ang Nars Party-list. But if the reference is on the DOH Deployment Program — we have a decrease of 1,379 from 2017. From 20,309 in 2017 to 18,930 in 2018. These nurses are categorized into Public Health Associates that do health data collection and analysis; Family Health Associates for mother and child health; and nurses doing general public health nursing,” he disclosed.
“The decrease in number is due to the increase in salaries following tranche 3 of the salary standardization law using the same budget allocated for the program. Meaning, there was no increase in budget so adjustments were made to appropriate increase in salaries,” he continued.
“Another reason for the decrease in number is for DOH to accommodate LGU requests for other professions needed like nutritionist-dieticians, medical technologists, pharmacists, midwives, dentists,” he further stated.