DOH Seeks Amendment to Magna Carta of Public Health Officers

September 16, 2022 | 3:11 p.m.

MANILA, Philippines – The Ministry of Health said on Friday it was working to amend the Magna Carta for public health workers and standardize salaries for medical professionals in private and public health facilities.

Deputy Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the DOH official, called on lawmakers to support the agency’s priority legislation to ensure the well-being of healthcare workers.

Vergeire said the Magna Carta Public Health Workers, which was enacted 30 years ago, needs to be amended to cover both public and private health care workers nationwide.

According to the health official, key features of the proposed legislation include additional compensation, provision of hazard pay and training assistance for healthcare workers.

The DOH is also pushing for a measure to normalize salaries for medical workers to stem the outflow of healthcare workers.

“We are pushing a bill on the standardization of salaries for human resources for health, both for the public and the private, and for the national and local health sectors, so that there will be no difference as to wages. [of health workers]“said Vergeire.

Filipino Nurses United previously called for an entry-level salary of 50,000 pesos per month for nurses in private and public health facilities to enable them to “live decently commensurate with their crucial role in promoting and protecting the health of our Filipino compatriots”.

According to the organization, more than 100,000 private sector nurses earn 537 pesos a day in Metro Manila and significantly less in areas outside the capital region. The minimum wage in the National Capital Region is 570 pesos.

The minimum wage for nurses in public health facilities is currently around 35,000 pesos. Although they have a relatively higher salary, they also suffer from overwork and patient overload. — Gaea Katreena Cabico

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