DOH to continue hiring 26,000 health workers in 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) is set to hire more than 26,000 health workers in 2020.

As part of the implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) program, DOH will continue expanding its workforce to cater to as many Filipinos across the country.
DOH to continue hiring 26,000 health workers in 2020

To fully implement DOH's Human Resource for Health Deployment Program (HRHDP) in 2020, the agency has to fill up as many as 26,035 positions for health workers. DOH HRHDP is in need of 744 doctors, 19,700 nurses, 4,538 midwives, 222 dentists, 303 pharmacists, 200 nutritionist-dietetics, 601 medical technologists, and 81 physical therapists under the program.

They will be deployed to 1,634 cities and municipalities nationwide, especially in far-flung areas with inadequate access to quality health care.

The Department of Budget and Management has approved the creation of jobs and has allocated P9.5 billion for the HRHDP.

The P2.5 billion of the said HRHDP budget will be taken under the DOH budget while the rest of P7 billion will be taken from Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund.

The hired health workers can expect higher salaries through the Salary Standardization Law (SSL), will also enjoy benefits that regular employees get such as Personnel Economic Relief Allowance, Mid-Year Bonus, Year-End Bonus, and Cash Gift, among others.

DOH remains committed to expanding and retaining health workers to improve the country's access to quality health services.

Part of DOH's HRHDP mission is to have at least one health worker for every barangay. This will ensure that the public will have access to health services at least 8 hours a day and seven days a week.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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