The government will hire more than 13 thousand nurses this year, according to Senator JV Ejercito.
Under the General Appropriations Act (GAA), or the 2019 national budget, funds for salaries and other financial benefits amounting to P7 billion are available for the deployment of additional 13,578 nurses under the Human Resources for Health (HRH) program of the Department of Health (DOH), Ejercito disclosed.
Currently, there are 3,627 nurses employed by the government.
“They will be deployed in different DOH-retained hospitals, local government unit hospitals, rural health units, and barangay health stations. Sa kabuuan, kasama na ang 3,627, magkakaroon ng 17,205 nurses sa mga ospital na pinatatakbo ng gobyerno,” Ejercito said.
The senator pushed and succeeded for the allocation of P7 billion for HRH during the Senate deliberation of the budget bill.
Ejercito, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, said: “It’s like hitting two birds with one stone. First, the additional nurses will improve medical services in government-run hospitals, and, second, 13,578 jobless nurses will be given gainful employments.”
The senator, as the sponsor of the DOH budget, also restored in the GAA the P15 billion funds for the Health Facilities Enhancement Program.PR/IMT