Read this in The Manila Times digital edition.
(UPDATE)PRESIDENT Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Thursday joined the call for the passage of the new Philippine Nursing Practice Act to further advance the profession.
Speaking at the 100th founding anniversary celebration of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) held at the Manila Hotel, the Chief Executive stressed that no monetary compensation or awards can measure up to the nurses' sacrifice, capabilities and dedication.
"The government recognizes and acknowledges your hard work and sacrifice, including risking your own health and lives to care for others. As your President, you may rest assured that my office is always open for meaningful dialogue to address the issues concerning our nurses and allied health care professionals. In fact, I have taken special note of the clamor to address the issues in the nursing profession by the passage of the new Philippine Nursing Practice Act," Marcos said.
"This executive department, together with Congress, will work with you to achieve these goals," he added.
Filipino health care workers, particularly nurses, have raised the barometer so high, added the President.Get the latest news
Such is the standard they have set that they are the prime choice even of foreigners when it comes to providing medical care.
"Indeed, I think I am correct when I say: no other country can boast of such strong and capable nurses who are known, not just for competence and dedication to this very noble calling of health care, but for their compassion and kindness," he said.
.Aside from the proposed law which provides for a nurse-to-patient ratio of 1:10 and mandates additional protection and development of the nursing profession in the country, among others, the President likewise vowed for the government to sustain support for the nurses' development.
"Among these is the nursing certification program which strengthens and certifies our nurses' competencies in various specialty areas. We also have the primary care workers' certification program that provides eligibility requirements, standard competencies, training mechanisms and certification processes that ensure competent and quality staffing for our health care system," he said.
.Marcos also pledged to exert effort to create equal footing for all nurses.
"As part of our goal to raise the profile and improve the working condition of nurses, we will address the disparity in salaries between nurses in government hospitals with those in the private sector," he stated.
"As we work hard to improve the state of our health care system at home, let us join hands to maintain our country's position as the gold standard when it comes to providing health care workers to hospitals and health facilities globally," he added.