Senate approves bill giving nurses P24,887 minimum pay

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The Senate approved on third and final reading an act creating a comprehensive nursing law towards quality health care systems in the country, which also provides nurses minimum base pay of Salary Grade 15 or P24,887 monthly.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, chairman of the Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization, sponsored Senate Bill No. 2720, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Nursing Law of 2015.

In his sponsorship speech, Trillanes said the measure intends to “expand the scope of nursing practice to encompass not only the nursing education service but also research, and leadership and governance, as inherent areas of the practice.”

Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said the enactment of SBN 2720 into law would “help upgrade the country’s nursing profession and sustain the Philippine’s leading role in the health-care labor market, and address its most pressing issues, such as unemployment and misemployment of Filipino nurses.”

“Due to the growing number of nurses in the country, some are forced to work under job order or contractual terms or seek better opportunities abroad because the government fails to address the needs of their profession,” Trillanes said.

He said the situation must be changed, given that Filipino nurses are widely recognized as “among the best healthcare providers in the world. Our nurses’ skills and brand of service are very much recognized and sought abroad”.

Trillanes said the proposed measure would enhance the powers of the Board of Nursing by including the power to create task forces/ committees and offices to better organize itself and facilitate its function and pursue its programs.”

The bill also provides a minimum base pay which shall not be lower than Salary Grade 15 or its equivalent for Filipino nurses in both government and private health institutions.

“The enactment of this measure is intended to complement the talent and competence of our nurses by providing them with an updated regulatory framework,” Trillanes said. [via senate.gov.ph]

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91 Replies to “Senate approves bill giving nurses P24,887 minimum pay”

    1. “The bill also provides a minimum base pay which shall not be lower than Salary Grade 15 or its equivalent for Filipino nurses in both government and private health institutions.”

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  1. Increasing the salary of nurses?wow really wow..but hiring nurses would be a lot better,public hospitals are understaff of nurses,only a few will benefit this law.

  2. Tlaga nmn tataas yan kasi magtataas sila ng sahod itong 2016…so tlgang magiging salary grade 15 ang nga nurse na which is 24887, kasi may salary hike

    1. theres a big diff between salary hike and with this bill statement. lets say the minimum is 15k ,salary hike means you have minimum salary or lets say its above minimum since its private org so if your salary goes up it can go down too , also for starters they will might have a minimum salary. and since most of the time they are not affected by salary hike. but setting this law means 24k+ will be their minimum salary, which is good for those who are starters and for those who have minimum salary and no one will be payed below minimum.

    1. The bill also provides a minimum base pay which shall not be lower than Salary Grade 15 or its equivalent for Filipino nurses in BOTH government AND PRIVATE HEALTH INSTITUTIONS.

      MAGBASA!!!!!!

  3. The question is may plantilla po ba. Hindi po.kasi lahat nabibigyan opportunity sa government hospital lalo na kung di mo kilala si governor at mayor.

  4. This should also covered not only nurses who are working for public hospitals but also nurses who are working on private hospitals, clinics and as well as the industrial areas and companies.

    1. BINASA MO BA YUNG ARTICLE???

      The bill also provides a minimum base pay which shall not be lower than Salary Grade 15 or its equivalent for Filipino nurses in BOTH government AND PRIVATE HEALTH INSTITUTIONS.

  5. Unless they fix the nurse-patient ratio (1 nurse is to 30 patients in some public hospitals), increased salary will NOT improve quality of healthcare. Even the best of nurses cannot provide the appropriate care for 20+ patients.

  6. Magbasa po muna bago mag comment. Sa mga nagtatanong kung kasali daw ang private institution/hospital eto po ang nakalagay sa article!!!

    “The bill also provides a minimum base pay which shall not be lower than Salary Grade 15 or its equivalent for Filipino nurses in both government and private health institutions.”

  7. Good news since the wage increase is approved now the hospitals will be charging more for their services meaning higher medical bills and double the amount of people dying because of the lack of money to pay for medical bills good job

  8. This would also mean hospitals hiring less nurses because of the lack of budget which means more unemployed nurses and more work for those already employed good job philippines

    1. Or,.very small salary almost to none would lessen nurses pursuing their profession or working halfheartedly which would lead to less or ineficient nurses. Less or inefficient nurses would affect mortality and morbidty rate.

      On the other hand, high salary might lead to efficient and more nurses.more because i dont think government hospitals will lessen the hiring of nurses to save money.

  9. ang pinoy nga naman.binigyan mo nang isang magandang bagay puro mga negatibo nanaman ang nakikita.kaya kahit anong mangyari walang asenso utak talangka pa rin talaga.ang gusto kasi natin yung sahod ang mag aadjust sa lifestyle natin.dapat it’s the other way around tayo ang mag adjust sa sahod.

    1. Anong utak talangka sa mga comments? Ang tagal na nga nitong issue na to hanggang ngayon wala parin solusyon. 3 taon na ako sa ospital. Back then I was expecting a good job. Ngayon konti nalang kasweldo ko na bagger sa SM. Ako mag-aadjust sa sweldo ko? Kawawa naman ang pasyente, kasi kalahati ng ward hawak ko. Kung mag-aadjust pala ako sa salary ko sobrang gaan ng buhay ko. 20-30 patients bababa sa 10-15. Tama ba? Kaya SAHOD ANG MAGAADJUST SA LINTIK NA WORKLOAD, KASI NGA AYAW NILA MAGDAGDAG NG TAO PERO YUNG SWELDO KAKARAMPOT PARIN. Oo yung trabaho natin para makatulong sa mga tao, pero kailangan din naman natin kumain. Yung mga pamilya natin di natin matulungan kasi yung sweldo pang isang tao lang. GUess what! DELAY PA NG ISANG BUWAN YUNG SWELDO. BITCH PLEASE!

      1. Epal na trillanes, kay tagal tagal na sa senado ngayon at ngayon lng to pinomrote sa media at bakit dahil tatakbong VP, echoserng frog, embyerna.. aakohin pa nya ang bill nato eh magtatas naman tlga ng sweldo by 2016.. lentik na TAO ang mag aadjust sa sweldong comment, masyadong pa hero! …

  10. Good job on trying to pass this bill again. Ilang beses na ko nakabasa nito, quite frankly di na ko umaasa. How convenient for someone to pass such law just before the friggin election. We’re not dumb. Go promote your candidacy somewhere else. This is plain BS. If this is real I would delete this message. If I don’t get an increase after a month then it just proves i’m right and this is all just for us nurses (which is so damn many, so getting our votes is actually smart for the officials, again, not naming anyone.) and our fucking votes. Guess what, I vote who I wanna vote, I vote who I think is doing something in this country. BITCH PLEASE!

  11. If PNOy signs this act into law, we don’t know how will the private institution stay afloat with such rate. Braze ourselves to a luxurious health care services. “Bawal magkasakit” ika nga nila.

  12. Does this bill cover nurses working for the government under job order or ONLY those who possess a plantilla and are under permanent positions. I am a jo nurse from pasay city

  13. What if hindi ipatupad ng employer / hospital to? Is there any way for us nurses para magcomplain? Maganda pakinggan kaso baka hindi ipatupad to.

  14. It’s long overdue. I graduated 1994 and earned my masters degree in nursing but it didn’t get me that far in the Philippines. Poor employment, no incentives and hardly any career opportunities lead me to seek green pasture in abroad. I now work as a nurse specialist here in Melbourne. Glad to hear that there are people who care for nurses. We have been neglected for a long time.

  15. Will this bill also applicable to those working in a small private Clinic’s?, e.g. Aesthetic clinic, clinic owned by a doctor who hires nurse/secretary.? Hope to hear from you. thanks

  16. Thanks that there are some people who cared much about the ordeal of Filipino nurses.The reality is ” buwis buhay ” talaga ang ating propesyon. You work on grave yard ship where some enjoyed nice sleep with their comfy bed. When the incoming Nurse cannot come on duty dahil nagkasakit na rin, no choice to continue your shift till next 8 or 12 hours.What happen? you suffer Fatigue.There is also risk to be infected with communicable or contagious disease when your immune system breaks down. Nasasampal tayo ng maga pasyenteng delirio at mga wala sa sarili especially Psychiatric patient.We deal different folks of life, irregardless harmless or not.Nursing is really heroic and noble job which should also be recognized.We are humans not robot na tiisin masasakit na salita from patient or relatives if something not right happen.Majority are not aware of that. Tao rin kami my needs and mostly with family to support.Thanks if that proposal will materialize.Let’s Thank God for hearing I guess also my prayer to achieved this.It’s a gift to nurses so refrain complaints.This is our humanly obligation a call to profession.Thanks ,hope it will be soon for us to enjoy.I’ve gone thru all kinds of challenge in Nursing locally and abroad.Much appreciated.God bless who ever initiated this act.More power to all.
    I have question , How about school nurses are we covered with that bill? I am working as school nurse for almost 5 years after i worked as Clinical instructor but enrollees decline ,so I accepted the job.
    Thanks

  17. Thanks that there are some people who cared much about the ordeal of Filipino nurses.The reality is ” buwis buhay ” talaga ang ating propesyon. You work on grave yard shift where some enjoyed nice sleep with their comfy bed. When the incoming Nurse cannot come on duty dahil nagkasakit na rin, no choice to continue your shift till next 8 or 12 hours.What happen? you suffer Fatigue.There is also risk to be infected with communicable or contagious disease when your immune system breaks down. Nasasampal tayo ng maga pasyenteng delirio at mga wala sa sarili especially Psychiatric patient.We deal different folks of life, irregardless harmless or not.Nursing is really heroic and noble job which should also be recognized.We are humans not robot na tiisin masasakit na salita from patient or relatives if something not right happen.Majority are not aware of that. Tao rin kami my needs and mostly with family to support.Thanks if that proposal will materialize.Let’s Thank God for hearing I guess also my prayer to achieved this.It’s a gift to nurses so refrain complaints.This is our humanly obligation a call to profession.Thanks ,hope it will be soon for us to enjoy.I’ve gone thru all kinds of challenge in Nursing locally and abroad.Much appreciated.God bless who ever initiated this act.More power to all.
    I have question , How about school nurses are we covered with that bill? I am working as school nurse for almost 5 years after i worked as Clinical instructor but enrollees decline ,so I accepted the job.
    Thanks

  18. Sana naman maawa na ang gobyerno sa ating mga nurses. hindi kaya sila naaawa na ang mga nurses na ito baka pagdating ng araw sa baba na sweldo d man lamang makabili ng gamot, vits. at masasarap na pagkain? Ni hindi makapagbigay sa mga kapatid na nag-aaral at kulang pa sa kanila ang kanilang kinikita. Katulad ko na dalawa ang nakatapos ng Nurse lalong naging mahirap para sa amin ang nangyaring ito. Dalawa nga silang nakatapos pero dalawa parin silang humihingi sa amin ng karagdagang gastusin. bayad sa bahay, kuryente , at kung minsan pamasahe pa. sana mga kandidatong walang ginawa kundi mangako ito muna ang inyong pagtuunan ng pansin para naman maipatupad kaagad ang batas na ito at matanggap ng mga kawawang nurses maging sa gobyerno at pribado man ang sinasabing taas na ito ng sahod. salamat po.

  19. Sana lang ipatupad na talaga ito, sobrang tagal na nitong bill na ito, hindi man lang maimplement.
    Agree ako sa ang isang nagcomment, mukhang gimik na naman ito para mapansin kasi nalalapit na halalan.

  20. I believe that employment status of the nurses in the healthcare industry should be given priority. Sa dami ng nursing graduates, hindi naman nila na-put into practice ang pinag-aralan nila so sayang. Raising their salary is another issue which I agree with though. Investment on human capital for skills and abilities utilization should also be addressed.

  21. Salary grade 15 pero ang tax naman malaki.. tumaas pero malaki ang tax.. sakop ba ng batas Pati private hospital?

  22. Maraming nurses gusto sa hospital mag work para mag abroard.. pero ok din ang occupational health nursing boom ang construction industry sa Pinas.. BTW hiring kami if you want.. Punta lang kayo sa qualimed upmc pgh.. we need 300 nurses.. hospital.. clinic and occupational.

  23. Ang focus kc ng iba more on hospital.. sa industrial po marami.. mataas ang sahod at di pagud..well compensated.. my health card at my leave.. quarterly my training at seminar kami kaya updated sa lahat ng bagay.

  24. I read this article and I hope and wish that this time ipatupad na nila itong bill na ito hindi puro salita lang sila.

  25. In my 5th class municipality i only earned 18,808 pesos per month kasi hindi daw kaya ng lgu ang pasweldong ayon sa magna carta of health workers… may ganon?

  26. panu po yung nurses na employed sa mga private company,. yung mga company nurses?.. covered din po ba? thanks po

  27. Dapat direkta k trillanes ang comment para masagot nya o kya sa staff nya. sumunod naman kaya ang mga private hospitals na hanggat maaari jo lang at volunteers ang kunin para wala silang pinapasweldo. sana may pangil ang batas na ito para sa kapakanan ng mga nurses. napakamahal na kurso, napakamura ng sweldo.

  28. Baka naman puros kakemehan yan noon ko pa naririnig na magtataas, till now wala. Magkano lang ang sahod ng mga nurse sa private, mas mabuti pang mag hostess na lang. Tapos pag public naman palakasan mode, mag tratraining ka 3 months delay ang sahod. Kumusta naman diba. Kaya andaming nurses ang nagpapalit ng trabaho, nagpupulis, nagteteacher yung iba sa call center at yung iba prostitute na lang.

  29. Though it’s kind of electionering I hope it’s honestly implemented by both government and private sectors.

  30. sana po kasali din kaming currently employed as company nurse..sino po pwede makasagot? slamat po..godbless..

  31. I think the problem is not the salary. Kasi kahit ung tama lng na 15k na sahod ok na kame doon. Eh kaso ang problema MAHIRAP makapasok ng nurse sa hospital. Mas maganda siguro unahin maging law ang pagbabawal sa volunteer or trainee nurse. At pagbabawal sa politiko s pgapply. At pagbibigay ng maayos na kontrata sa mga nurses sa ating hospital. Hindi nmn to lht tungkol sa pera. Gusto namin mglingkod bilang nurse sa bansa ntn. Kaso sobrang HIRAP makapasok

  32. I am Brasilian,I think that area “nursing” would be gain good salary Because you work to save/keep our lives ,If you intend to be or is nurse, continue working ,I am sure our God will help you Our God is looking at you always .I am Christian I will pray to you to be a satisfactory and right salary,you deserve it

  33. Wag masyadong negative!!matgl na yng issue tapos ngayun na naisabatas na may negative comments pa rin,tlgang mamomobrema pinas ng employment ng mga nurse’s kasi madami tlga

  34. I hope this bill will be implemented ASAP in order to help and alleviate all the nurses (including me) who are earning a little and can’t even cope up with everyday needs for the family. For me, this is timely for both public and private medical workers simply because only the owners are ripping millions/billions of profits and obviously neglecting their own hardworking employees to suffer financially. I would say this is a slap in their face! Simply GREEDY. Expect these hospital owners specifically to raise their arms in protest and will definitely be looking for excuses to delay it’s implementation.

  35. This is actually a good start. But don’t focus only on the increasing of salary. As mentioned in the article, a Nursing Regulatory body will be formed alongside this bill to protect the welfare of nurses. What made the nursing profession neglected is that unfortunately no formal govt. institution enacted by Malacanang, actually has the direct authority to regulate the profession. Likewise, if we worry that increase in salary will increase as well cost of healthcare in the Philippines, it only proves that we truly deserve this increase. Nurses are not only concerned of wages, they are as well concerned with their patients be it directly with their healthcare or other matters such as financial aspect. We have long been like this, and we truly deserve to be credited for our finest skills and concern. It is also a boost of ego for us professionals having to earn what we worked for. Let us be positive, there still a lot of work to do to actually realize the effect of this Bill but this is a giant leap toward improving the situation of nurses in the Philippines.

  36. #HOPING na maipasa nga ang batas na ito, “Comprehensive Nursing Law of 2015”.
    at #HOPING na magkaroon ng malaking budget ang gobyerno at mga pribadong institusyon para maisa-batas ito.

    ..Balewala lang din kung wala naman budget para dito.

  37. The question is.. KAILAN MA IIMPLEMEENT wala naman nakalagay kung kailan mag uumpisa so wala pa din. E ano kung my law na may nakalagay ba na date of implementation.

  38. I’m not against this bill. Okay sana ito. But let’s face the reality. Ang hospital ay isang business. Whether it’s private or government, kailangan parehong kumita niyan to keep it running. I’m a nurse and I would be very happy kung ipapatupad yan. Pero kung ako ay isang may ari ng Ospital (Madami akong kilalang may ari din ng ospital at ito din ang sinabi nila), gagawin lang contractual lahat ng staff para hindi sila maging regular. Lahat ng staff ay mabibigyan lang ng training allowance at hindi regular salary. Siguro ang mabibigyan lang ng mataas na sweldo ay yung mga head nila. Pero yung mga Nurse I, sure ako, puro 6 months provi ang kababagsakan niyan para hindi magregular. After 6 months, kung may masteral, pede nila iakyat ng position (kung may bakante), pero kung BSN, RN lang, wala na. Lipat na naman ng ibang ospital. Kaya, malabo parin itong bill na ito. Maniniwala ako kung gawan nila ng batas yung ginagawa ng mga private hospitals sa pagiging provi. Bago ka makapasa sa board exam, dinaanan mo na halos lahat ng gawain sa hospital, and yet kailangan parin maging provi ng ilang buwan kahit pa may hospital work experience ka na dati pa. Dahil yun sa sweldo. Sana maisip din ito ng mga nakaupo sa pwesto.

  39. I hope another law is passed making it illegal for a nurse to handle more than a certain number of patients depending on their work area. It’s just not safe anymore for both the nurse and the patients if a single nurse handles, for example, 20 or more patients in a ward. Nursing care would not be ideal. And when patient care goes amiss, the nurses most often get the blame. In worst cases, their license could get revoked, only beacause they were given more patients they could handle.

  40. The government should invest in health care & ageing, so that nurses does’nt get misplaced and don’t dream of going overseas. Filipnos working abroad will soon retire, and they still wanted to retire and get old in the Phil. They needed a place and a quality care in their old age without putting a burden to their children with families. I read an article one time that Japan was planning to build a nursing home in the Phil. because the climate is conducive to the ageing Japanese and also our nurses are noted to be caring and reponsible care givers. Make this a reality, a job opening for many Filipinos without leaving the native land.

  41. Instead of a salary increase, they should work on reducing workload for nurses. As mentioned in a comment, it is always business. The lawmakers (or the partylist representing nurses) should focus on creating more job opportunities. Instilling a limit to the nurse-patient ratio will open slots and reduce workloads for nurses. This should have little effect on businesses as the increase in slots is driven by census. More patients means more nurses, but more income to pay for nurses. Just increasing salaries will have detrimental effects. Be prepared to lose jobs. Be prepared for high nurse-patient ratios.

  42. HAHAHAHAAH…AYUSIN NYO GUMAWA NG BATAS, PAG NAGKATAON WLA NA REGULAR NURSE PURO CONTRACTUAL NLNG..REMOVE CONTRACTUALIZATION!

  43. I see too many negative comments here. I wonder why people are so pessimistic, seeing almost all good things negatively. Is that why the Philippines is still suffering?

  44. Suggestion lang.siguro mas mas pagans a kung ang government mismo ang agency or management for the manpower sa bawat hospital ng banda.private man o government ang hospital. At sa ganun makakasigurado ang ang Bawat nurses na sa bagong batas na to.kasi sa to too lang Hindi naman lahat ng hospital eh kaya makapagpasweldo ng salary minimum na 24,887php..dahil sigurado pag mataas ang salary mataas din malamang ang hospital bill ng patients. Hindi naman kasi tulad ang pinas ng abroad like UAE lahat ng employed eh provided ng health insurance. Sana.makatulong ang idea Kong ito.republic of the Philippines. Mabuhay

  45. Bakit kaya Nurses lang? Bakit hindi buong healthcare personnel? MD 18k Nurse 25k kawawa naman yung doctor lol

  46. Filipino nurses are a hard working group of healthcare workers known the world over. Raising the pay to a livable scale is only proper. Good luck to all the new nurses!

  47. how can they give assurance that the following institutions, both government and private, will follow this bill? how can this bill assure us that this is not just another false assurance on a paper because election is fast approaching?
    my special thanks and admiration to sen. trillanes for sponsoring the bill and recognizing the needs of Filipino nurses. . .

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