THE Chief Executive finally approved the long-awaited pay hike in the salaries of government nurses.
The upgrade in salary grade (SG) of Nurse II from SG 15 to SG 16 and to retain the position titles of Nurse III to Nurse VII with their corresponding SGs was mentioned in a statement sent via email by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Office of the President (OP).
“For this purpose, the DBM is currently in the process of crafting the procedural guidelines to implement this decision and to ensure that the same will be implemented, consistent with existing rules and regulations. Consultations with the Department of Health (DOH) and the OP are also scheduled by the DBM to ensure the availability of funds for the purpose,” the statement reads.
Interestingly, the statement said that the agency clarified that it is not its intention to deceive nurses “as we have been consistent in saying that absent of any legal basis to effect the upgrading of the salary grade of the Nurse II position, the provisions of Budget Circular No 2020-4 will continue to take effect consistent with the decision of the Supreme Court in Ang NARS Party-List, et. al. vs. the Executive Secretary, et. al (G.R. No. 215746).”
The DBM also assured that they will promptly act to implement the decision as soon as pertinent details on procedures and funding are settled with the DOH and the OP.