CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, February 5 (PIA)—Better pay for nurses is in store for the newest Nurse Deployment Program (NDP) of the Department of Health.
This was revealed by the Municipal Health Officer of Motiong, Dr Perlie Langi in an interview today.
This was also confirmed by Paul Quitalig, a member of the NDP stationed at Barangay Inalad Health Station, Motiong, Samar.
Quitalig was one of the fortunate ones who worked under the Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service (RN-HEALS) but then again qualified to the new nurse program.
“We used to receive a stipend of Php 8,000.00 but under the NDP, we will get Php 18,549/month,” the male nurse told PIA.
He added that the LGU of Motiong is also giving them Php 2,000.00 as allowance.
Recruitment to the program was stiff, said a DOH staff from the Samar Provincial DOH team. There were some 400 applicants, all took written exams and 250 qualified to be interviewed, the number was further reduced to 170 qualified nurses.
“The 170 nurses are now deployed all throughout Samar province, the number depended on the National Household Targeting System,” the DOH staff added.
The position they are in, DOH added, is equivalent to Nurse 1 or getting a salary grade 11.
According to the DOH Guidelines, the nurses are hired under a contract for six months, if ever their performance is satisfactory, they can be re-hired for a maximum of two years.
And since they enjoy a better pay, the nurses will be evaluated and will submit a monthly accomplishment report and a Daily Time Record to be supervised by the Municipal Health Officer.
The nurses are assigned in Rural Health Units, Birthing Homes, and Barangay Health Stations. They will perform the functions of a Staff Nurse. These nurses will also be trained as trainers and supervisors of the Community Health Teams.
Quitalig on his part confides that he is more inspired by the upgraded pay and hopes to create an impact in his stay in the barangay health station.
“Much has been done before but there is still so much to do, I hope that with the nurses’ commitment to the program, the DOH dream of a more responsive health care will be realized,” Quitalig said. (PIA 8-Samar)