Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Provincial Board okays nurses’ salary hike

SunStar File

NURSES working in hospitals and other medical facilities operated by the Cebu Provincial Government will finally get a salary hike.

This after the Provincial Board (PB) on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, approved on second and final reading a proposed ordinance allowing the Province to increase the nurses’ salaries.

The ordinance to “upgrade and modify” the public health nurse positions of the Province pursuant to a Department of Budget and Management (DBM) circular was authored by PB member Glenn Anthony Soco (Cebu, 6th), head of the Budget and Appropriations Committee.

With the upgrade of entry level nurses, province-hired nurses with Nurse I positions will now receive P32,053, instead of P22,316.

Those with Nurse II to V positions will also enjoy salary increases.

Based on the ordinance, nurses with Nurse II positions who received a Salary Grade (SG) 15 rate before or P35,097 a month will now receive P41,508 a month equivalent to SG-17.

Those with Nurse III positions receiving a salary equivalent to SG-17 will now earn P49,835 a month which is the rate for SG-19.

Nurses with Nurse IV positions will now receive SG-20 salaries or P55,799 a month from their previous SG-19 rate.

Soco described the passage of the ordinance as timely and appropriate as it also honors nurses who have risked their lives to take care of their fellow Cebuanos during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Nurses are literally the lifeblood in any healthcare institution. They spend most of their time with patient care, emergency response, both emergency care and even outpatient medical services,” Soco said.

The ordinance covers all nurses at the Cebu Provincial Health Office (PHO), provincial and district hospitals, as well as those assigned at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) whether regular, casual, contractual, full-time or part-time.

However, nurses hired through outsourcing companies are not included in the salary hike unless their contracts had been amended, said Provincial Budget Officer Emme Gingoyon.

Based on a list provided by the PHO, there are 176 nurses holding Nurse 1 positions assigned in provincial and district hospitals in Cebu.

Section 32 of DBM Budget Circular No. 2020-4 cites that in order to enhance the general welfare, commitment to service, and professionalism of nurses, the minimum base pay of nurses working in the public health institutions should not be lower than salary grade 15.

This is prescribed under Republic Act No. 6758, also known as the Compensation and Classification Act of 1989. (CBQ)


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