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Pacquiao advocates for a monthly minimum wage of P50,000 for health employees

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Senator Manny Pacquiao has voiced concern about the significant migration of Filipino health workers due to reported deplorable working conditions and low pay, and has called on the government to intervene by raising the minimum wage for all medical professionals — both in the public and private sectors.

According to him, the worldwide health crisis caused by COVID-19 could only be slowed but not eliminated, implying increased international demand for Filipino medical personnel.

According to Pacquiao, at least 10,000 health professionals fled the country last year to work elsewhere, leaving the country’s government and private institutions chronically understaffed.

“Hindi malayong maubos ang mga health workers natin pero ‘pag itinaas natin ang kanilang sahod maaaring mapipigilan natin ang pag-alis nila papunta sa ibang mga bansa. Kapag mataas ang kanilang sahod, I’m sure marami sa kanila ang mananatili na lang sa bansa upang magsilbi sa bayan. Hindi na sila mawawalay sa kanilang pamilya,” the PROMDI presidential bet said in a series of provincial radio interviews on Monday.
“Ang mababang sweldo ay injustice para sa ating mga medical frontliners o health workers. Wawakasan natin ito. Hindi katanggap-tanggap na napakaliit ng kinikita ng ating health workers para sa trabahong kanilang ginagawa para sa bayan. Kabilang diyan ang mga nurse, medtech at iba pang medical practitioner. Sila ang pinakamahalagang sektor sa panahon ng pandemyang ito,” he added.

Pacquiao pushed on a minimum wage of P50,000 for nurses, medical technicians, pharmacists, and other health workers, in addition to other benefits such as the Special Risk Allowance (SRA). He stated that, while this amount is insufficient to compensate for their sacrifices, it is already within the National Economic Development Authority’s acceptable income criterion of P42,000 per month (NEDA).

Pacquiao stated that the P13,000 monthly minimum wage for private nurses and P19,000 monthly minimum wage for government nurses is extremely demeaning, especially given that health professionals are the nation’s most essential resource during a pandemic.

“This P50,000 per month minimum wage is still very low if we compare it with the salaries offered by other countries but it might be enough to convince some of them not to leave their families behind. Maraming mga pamilya ang nawawasak at maraming mag kababataan ang naliligaw ng landas dahil sa hiwa-hiwalay na pamilya,” Pacquiao said.

If elected president, Pacquiao said he would immediately ask Congress to pass a new salary standardization system for health professionals that would guarantee them a monthly take-home pay of P50,000.

He also stated that he will direct the National Wages and Productivity Commission and the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards to revise the present minimum salary for private health practitioners, increasing their gross monthly pay to at least P50,000. This sum would be gradually increased over time to bring their pay in line with those given overseas.

Pacquiao added that compensation increases for health professionals working in government hospitals and other medical facilities will come from the expected P700 billion to P1 trillion in savings from government corruption. Furthermore, if the NWPC deems that private hospitals and medical facilities cannot afford to completely carry the pay rise for their employees, they may be awarded tax incentives or even subsidies.

“Make no mistake: public funds are available to improve their salaries. We will review current budget priorities to make this happen, and we will ensure improved revenue collection anchored on solid economic growth. In other words, we are ready to trim the fat in government expenditures for the benefit of our frontliners and their families,” Pacquiao stressed.

According to the presidential candidate, increasing sector compensation is not unprecedented, as the current administration has significantly increased uniformed personnel salaries throughout the course of its term.

REFERENCE/S:
Pacquiao bats for health workers’ minimum take-home pay of P50,000 a month|Inquirer

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