Solon pushes for more nurses in countryside

A HOUSE leader has sought the placement of at least one registered nurse in every barangay to address the nursing unemployment problem and improve the delivery of health care services in the countryside.

House Deputy Majority Leader and Las Piñas City Rep. Camille Villar, a stalwart of the Nacionalista Party (NP), explained that the barangay is the forefront in the delivery of health care services and tapping the skills and knowledge of professional nurses would help provide a better health care system.

“This will not only address the problem of the unemployment and underemployment of our professional nurses, but will be considered a leap in improving the health service delivery in the country,” Villar stressed in filing her House Bill (HB) No. 3312 or “A Nurse in Every Barangay Act of 2019”, adding that health should be the first and foremost concern of the government.

Under her proposal, Villar said nurses employed under the program shall be entitled to a monthly stipend preferably equal to salary grade 15, consistent with the mandatory minimum entry-level pay for government nurses under the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002, or Republic Act (RA) No. 9173.