Gov’t workers to get pay hike next year

September 16, 2019

A House leader said  the Salary Standardization Law 5 will raise the salaries of the state workers, including the teachers and nurses, by 15 percent in the next three years.

House Committee on Ways and Means  Albay Representative  Joey Salceda assured government workers under Salary Grade 1 to 17 will get higher increases while those under  SG 18-33 -- including the President and congressmen -- will receive lower increases.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM)  is set to submit to Congress the P32 billion budget for SSL 5.

According to Salceda, based on a study commissioned by DBM, the administration is set to spend P110 billion over three years for its civil servants including nurses and teachers.

“The 2020 budget provides for P32 billion in wage increase and P4 billion for miscellaneous benefits,” Salceda said.

Salceda added that these has been programmed within the organic capacity of the government and need no new taxes to underwrite it.

“The adjustments will preserve and somewhat improve the purchasing po+wer of civil servants considering the consumer price inflation of 3.4 percent over the past three years (2016 - 1.8 percent, 3.2 percent - 2017 and 2018 - 5.2 percent) and forward estimates 3-year inflation of 2-4 percent per year.

Once approved, more than one million government officials and employees will get a new round of salary increase starting next year.

The latest four-year compensation adjustment program gave a substantial increase to officials, starting from lower and mid-level bureaucrats up to the President.

Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, confirmed that the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for next year includes P32 billion for salary adjustments.

It can be recalled that the President has repeatedly promised to increase the salary of teachers and nurses after he doubled the monthly pay of soldiers and policemen.