An estimated 7,107 nurses may lose their jobs next year, due to the proposed Php 9.39 billion cut in the budget of the Department of Health. The appropriated Php 97.65 billion budget for this year may be reduced to Php 88.26 billion next year.
One of the major programs to be affected by the budget cut is the Human Resource for Health Deployment Program. For this year, the program was allocated Php 12.37 billion – Php 8.5 billion with the Department of Health, plus Php 3.8 billion from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Funds, a funding warehouse for personnel services expenditures.
For next year, only Php 2.45 billion is proposed to fund the Human Resource for Health Deployment Program under the Department of Health, a Php 6.05 billion difference.
However, there is a pledged augmentation of Php 7 billion from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund. Combining the two, it can raise Php 9.45 billion for the Human Resource for Health Deployment Program. The allocation can be possible as release is subject to conditions.
The Php 2.45 billion budget can cover employment of 3,854 nurses out of the 17,293 deployed this year. Moreover, the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund can add 6,322 nurses, totaling to 10,186 hired and rehired in 2020.
Unfortunately, 7,107 nurses are feared to lose their jobs.