BBM wants salaries of frontliners raised
Marcos said that through the program, the healthcare system would be bolstered by bigger funding and benefits for healthcare workers, adding more public hospitals, and boosting the country's medical research capability. He said he would recruit the top minds in the medical and scientific research sectors of the country to achieve this program. The former lawmaker and governor believes the frontline medical workers should be a government priority to ensure a strong health care system amid the global coronavirus pandemic. He pointed out that the low salaries and benefits of many nurses have forced them to seek better pay abroad or pursue different careers. Government data showed that although 75,000 nurses were working in public and private hospitals nationwide, the Philippines still had a shortage of 109,000 nurses. He also cited news reports that said Filipino nurses were the lowest-paid in Southeast Asia, with an average monthly salary of just P40,000—compared to their counterparts in Singapore who earned upwards of P200,000 a month.