Good news for government nurses! They can start receiving higher salaries as early as January next year after the Senate approved the ₱4.1 trillion national budget for 2020 which includes a special provision that stipulates the base pay for government nurses shall be at least ₱30,531 a month, good for Salary Grade 15.

Accordingly, the increase in nurses’ salary amounting to ₱3.173 billion was allotted under the Department of Health’s Miscellaneous Personnel Benefit Fund (MPBF). This complies with the Supreme Court decision last October which ruled that nurses are entitled to SG 15, in accordance with Republic Act 9173 or the Nursing Act of 2002.

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