MALACAÑANG is planning to spend an average of P43 billion a year in the next four years to boost the salary scale of government doctors, nurses and teachers in a bid to stem the exodus of these professionals to more lucrative jobs abroad.
Under the Department of Budget and Management’s proposed budget, the government is allocating an increase of P10.3 billion for personal services in 2007, P32.1 billion in 2008, P55 billion in 2009, and P74.9 billion in 2010.
Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya said these budget allocations showed that the government was not only bent on modernizing and expanding the country’s infrastructure like roads, bridges and sea and airports but also on improving its "bureaucratic infrastructure."
"The aim of this program is to correct the distortions in the salary scale which is the reason why you have teachers, nurses and doctors going abroad. If you compare these people’s salaries in the private sector, it’s too small," Andaya said. "Hopefully, this will stop the outflow of these people abroad."
[SOURCE: INQ7.net, 05 Aug 2006 ]
I think the keywords above are "planning" and "hopefully." Those are big words that can make you feel happy initially, but will frustrate you when they do not happen as expected. I know, I know. Be an optimist, you say. Well, yes, why not? Let's give it a shot, and see what happens.