Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Sunday pushed for the increase in salary and additional incentives of government physicians to prevent them from seeking work abroad.
Trillanes filed Senate Bill No. 526, which seeks to increase the salary of government physicians, Medical Officer I, currently at Salary Grade 16 or equivalent to P28,417.
“There has been continuous exodus of Filipino physicians abroad to seek better paying jobs. Some even gave up their license to become nurses abroad. This outflow of doctors, which has resulted to an alarming ratio of one doctor to 1,429 Filipinos, could get worse if we do not provide them a better working condition, and decent pay and benefits commensurate their qualifications,” Trillanes said in a statement.
The bill proposes to increase the base pay of government doctors to not lower than Salary Grade 27 or an equivalent of P73,937 in addition to monthly allowances for transportation, representation, food, and medical needs.
An annual loyalty service pay of P50,000 will be given to those who have rendered three years in government service while doctors with at least five years of service will be qualified for an educational grant.
“Consistent with our aim of uplifting the welfare of our government workers through providing them with decent pay and benefits, we hope that this measure would also entice our doctors to practice in the country, especially in rural areas, and eventually improve the delivery of basic health services in the country,” Trillanes said.
Gutierrez, Angelo, GMA News