BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Calling the downgrading of salary grades of government nurses “demoralizing”, the Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (PACE) will seek the help of President Rodrigo Duterte in addressing the problems caused by a new circular of the Department of Budget and Management, its president, Renelo Lastierre, said yesterday.
While DBM Circular 2020-4 upgraded the salary grade of nurse 1 from 11 to 15, the SGs of nurses 2 to 7 were lowered one step.
Those who formulated the circular did not take into consideration that the downgrading of the nurses’ SGs will affect their functions, Lastierre said.
“It will have an effect on the organizational structures of our hospitals,” he pointed out.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson earlier assured that the 109 nurses of the provincial government, affected by the DBM circular, will be given priority in the new positions to be created in 2022.
Lastierre said that PACE is doing the rounds in the 10 district hospitals and the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City to get the sentiments of the nurses. He added that PACE will also establish contact with other local government units and government unions in Western Visayas for a common stand and a common voice on the issue, aside from writing the DBM and the Department of Health on the sentiments of the affected nurses.*