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Odd Office Policy

I don’t know about you but something about the next two images that flashed in my browser after typing the web address and hitting enter just doesn’t feel right.  Not just today.  Any day.

Found out about this while I was trying to sign a petition in  And I read Maria Ressa’s blog every now and then.  It’s just weird.  And odd.  And I find it slightly… rude.

Or maybe it’s just me.  Thoughts?

Nurses’ salary to increase

This has to be the best news ever.  I mean really.  I have friends and peers who have been waiting for this day for a very very very long time.  I hope this actually gets enacted in the near future.  I hope the government realizes how important this is.

I don’t know if anyone of you ever noticed but teachers and nurses are required to get professional licenses and yet they cannot charge professional fees.  Ye?  Maybe after this, the teachers would go next. :)


Nurses’ salary to increase — Angara
Published : Sunday, March 11, 2012

A BILL seeking to increase the monthly salary of nurses and  further protect the nursing profession was filed in the House of Representatives.

House Bill 5780, authored by Rep.  Juan Edgardo Angara, once enacted into law will give nurses monthly pay equivalent to Salary Grade 15 or about P14,000.

The bill intends to amend Republic Act 9173 or Nursing Act of 2002.

Angara said that the minimum base pay of nurses in public and private health and health-related institutions should be in accordance with prevailing salary standards set by law for professionals.

The bill mandates the hospitals and other medical institutions to provide incentives and benefits to the nurses.

At present, a nurse is receiving a monthly salary of only P5,000 to P7,000 in government and private hospitals while those working  in clinics and small privately owned hospitals are getting P4,000.

Angara said the quantity of Filipino nurses has been inversely proportional to the quality of education provided by nursing schools in the country.

Based on records, when Republic Act 9173 was enacted into law, there were only around 251 schools but now the country has 491 nursing schools.

Records also showed that from 2000 to 2010, there were about 2,668,046 enrollees in nursing schools nationwide with only 491,900 graduates and 365,625 passing the nursing licensure examinations.

Angara said that the Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE) results show an alarming decline in the annual national passing percentage. It reached an all-time low of 35.26% in December 2010 NLE with only 29,711 passes out of 84.287 examinees.

“We have an oversupply of nurses and yet we are still far from achieving the ideal nurse to patient ration of 1:4 per shift. The Philippine General Hospital has a nurse to patient ratio of 1:15-26 per shift while Davao del Sur has a province-wide ration of 1:44-45 per shift. Clearly, there is an urgent need for reforms,” Angara said.

Under the bill, the National Nursing Career Progression Program which will be created will get the funding from the annual appropriation act, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes, the Philippine Amusement and Games Corp., and the Professional Regulation Commission.

“The bill will expand the roles and responsibilities of nurses that focus on specialized and more advanced practice in the various health care settings and not just primary health care service.         Jester Manalastas


Side note:

I added a new page here in the bloggity as we prepare for another giveaway!  Come on you guys. :)  You know you want to join so click follow at the footer now! :)

First seminar of the year

Currently at a seminar in the office about data warehousing. It’s pretty good but I keep going back to Chuchi and Dylan goofing around.


I miss having a more relaxed schedule. I want to be able to have more time for my niece and my manfriend. I often miss them a lot, but what can I do?

I actually like my job.

Going back to work now.

Should you work from home?

I’ve always envied the people who had the option of working from home.  Mostly, this is the creative lot, and to be honest, I miss being part of that lot.  For almost two years now, I’ve been waking up early and blow drying my hair, putting on make up, smiling like this is the shit and all that, and sometimes, there are days when putting a bra on is just not worth it.  But then I would have to, because it would be obscene especially in a starch white shirt and pencil skirt.

I laughed my ass off when I saw this flowchart because it makes perfect sense.  Usually, the flowcharts I post are made of nonsense, but this one is actually a good guide in deciding whether or not your employees (or you) should work from home.

And yes, I am keeping it for reference so that when I have my empire of writing and photographing geniuses, I would know where their home addresses are and it would be easy to hunt them down.  Hahahahaha.

Not bad at all right? :)