Filipino nurses, med techs lowest paid in Southeast Asia

Filipino nurses, med techs lowest paid in Southeast Asia

 

This news would surely affect the morale of our tired and overworked health workers battling the COVID-19.

Some Philippine officials are making their personal pleas to our medical professionals to differ their pursuit of employment abroad and give priority to the county’s public health sector who has been the battling the novel coronavirus 2019 disease which originated from Wuhan, China.

Nurses and medical technologists are highly in demand in other countries.

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But with the recent revelation by a study carried out by Data aggregator iPrice Group showed that Filipino nurses and medical technologists receive the lowest salary in the Southeast Asian region.

It reveals that experienced Filipino registered nurses (RN) only earn around ₱40,381 per month. This is 57 percent less than the next lowest paid registered nurses(RN) in Vietnam at approximately ₱63,200 per month.

On the other hand, Filipino medical technologists (MedTech) have an average monthly salary of more or less ₱29,444. This amount is 51 percent less than the lower paid medical technologists (MedTech) in Vietnam who receive around ₱57,000 per month.

As expected, Singaporean nurses and medical technologists are the highest paid according to the study, earning an average of ₱236,000 and ₱210,000 a month respectively.

In one of the press briefings in Malacanang, Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque said he has not seen the actual report, but a reiterates the national government headed by President Rodrigo Duterte’s commitment to protect the welfare of nurses and other health workers, who are at the forefront of the country’s battle against this pandemic.

“What we did through the Bayanihan 2 is we gave an additional hazard allowance to our frontliners. We also provided them with free lodging, life insurance, and tests,” Roque assured.



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