DOLE vows to seek law on increasing minimum monthly salary for nurses

DOLE Secretary and chief government peace negotiator Silvestre Bello III   (FILE PHOTO)

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) addressed its plans to totally “slow down” the deployment of nurses abroad as there is a “great need” for people with the said profession in the country itself.

During the Independence Day Job Fair, Bello pleaded on the Philippine Nursing Association (PNA) to urge its registered nurses to practice their profession locally saying that the country also needs them.

“Yung madalas na maraming nag-ga-graduate ng nursing course at nakakuha ng board, nagte-training sila ng two years, and then they leave,” Bello said.

According to reports, nurse jobs in the Middle East and the United Kingdom has offered jobs with salaries ranging from Php 40,000 to Php 60,000, excluding benefits while local nursing jobs currently have entry-level salaries ranging from Php 15,000 to Php 20,000.

Bello said that the DOLE has been continuously pushing for a measure that seeks to increase the minimum monthly salary of nurses to Php 30,000. He added that they will be consulting the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on the said upgrade.

“We have to recommend with the help of the DBM. Siyempre siya ang nagtatantsa kung anong kaya nating pagtaas,” Bello said.

On Wednesday, more than 3,000 job seekers flocked AT the 2019 Kalayaan Day job fair held at the San Andes Sports Complex in Manila.

DOLE said that 6,441 local jobs are available including those in the hotel and restaurant, construction, wholesale and retail trade, health, beauty and wellness, transportation and logistics, business process outsourcing, manufacturing, power, and telecommunication industries.

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