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Salary hike for govt employees pushed

September 06, 2019

SENATE President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has filed a bill seeking to increase the salaries of 1.4 million government employees.

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Hundreds of public school teachers march to the House of Representatives to press their demand for higher pay. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

Recto said Senate Bill (SB) 1006, or the proposed “Salary Standardization Law V,” which he filed on Wednesday also aims to retain competent and committed civil servants and increase productivity among the public sector workers.

The national government, by virtue of Executive Order (EO) 201, had implemented salary adjustments, which were further amended by EO 76 dated March 15, 2019. The senator explained that despite the adjustments, these are still not enough, especially for those under salary grades 1 to 16 who make up a majority.

The salary increase is equivalent to an across the board annual 10-percent increase for three years plus an additional total of P10,000 in the basic monthly salary spread in three years. This will be implemented in three tranches beginning on Jan. 1, 2020 and ending on Jan. 1, 2022.

Recto said his proposal would increase disposable income, boost consumer spending, which in turn would stimulate the economy and generate more revenues, as well as motivate employees and ensure their loyalty.

Furthermore, this shall apply to all civilian government personnel, regardless of rank or status, in all branches of government, constitutional commissions, state universities and colleges, government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCCs), government financial institutions (GFIs), and local governments units (LGUs).

The source of funding shall be included in the General Appropriations Act for national government entities. For GOCCs and GFIs, it will come from their respective corporate funds in the approved corporate operating budgets. For LGUs, it will be charged against their funds in accordance with Republic Act 7160.

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