The Philippines, among Southeast Asian countries, has the lowest minimum wage for healthcare workers at approximately P22,000, and even with an increase of P6,000 to P9,000 during the first tranche, this was not enough to cover daily expenses due to the inflation rate. The salary range of local healthcare workers should at least match other Southeast Asian countries. Legislation should be mandated for an increased monthly salary of about P62,000 – what they pay entry-level nurses in Vietnam.
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