A senior lawmaker on Wednesday called on the Department of Health (DOH) to track down almost 130,000 licensed nurses, who are believed jobless, underemployed or doing non-nursing jobs and then try hiring enough of them to fill the current gap, in lieu of the proposal by Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa to employ board exam flunkers, which “could end up being a cure worse than the disease.”
Low-paid workers in the Philippines, including those in agriculture and fishery sectors, face economic challenges as their average daily basic pay remains below the poverty threshold. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, skilled agricultural, forestry, and fishery workers earned an average of P363 per day in July 2023, with poverty rates among farmers and fisherfolk reaching 30% and 30.6%, respectively. Elementary occupations and service and sales workers also struggle with daily pay rates of P392 and P491, highlighting the need for improved wages and economic support. In contrast, managers and professionals command higher pay, averaging P1,199 and P1,073 per day.