Senator files bill increasing salary of gov’t doctors to PHP56,610

MANILA, Philippines – To encourage more doctors to work in the government, Senator Francis Pangilinan has proposed to raise the minimum salary of government doctors to PHP56,610.

In his Senate Bill No. 57 or the Government Doctors’ Salary Upgrading Act, Pangilinan proposes to raise the minimum salary grade level of government doctors from Salary Grade 16 (PHP28,417) to Salary Grade 24 (PHP56,610 on first tranche).

”We understand the need of our doctors for higher compensation. It is unfortunate that many of them choose to work abroad rather than continue their medical profession here in our country where they are most needed,” Pangilinan said.

Pangilinan is hoping that his bill would encourage more doctors to work in public hospitals.

In 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that around 22,000 health professionals leave the Philippines annually to work abroad.

Also, according to the International Organization for Migration, “the Philippines fares well in terms of the education and health components of human development index (HDI) but is less successful in the provision of decent income, a dimension that is inextricably linked to employment.”

Pangilinan’s bill aims to address the “brain drain” phenomenon that has been a perennial problem in the recent decades.

Of the 70 percent of Filipinos living in rural areas, only 10 percent benefit from the services of medical professionals.

”Our rural folk, especially those living in remote communities, must have greater access to health services. They are the ones who need the most help from our doctors,” Pangilinan said. Jelly Musico/PNA/