MANILA – The executive branch should “expedite” its promised salary increase for government workers, a senator said Tuesday, as the Senate deliberated on the 2020 budget that contained funds for the pay hike.
About P31.1 billion was earmarked for the salary increase of government workers, but the executive branch first needs to iron out details of its proposed Salary Standardization Law V, Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto said in a statement.
With 1.39 million government employees, Recto expects the average increase to be pegged at P1,718 per month.
“‘Please expedite’ is not one marginal note we would like to send them, but a big shout out,” he said.
“After the uniformed services had their salary increases two years ago, government is duty-bound to extend the same to civilian government employees,” he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier promised to give teachers a pay raise, but said that it might be delayed as there are millions of teachers in the country.
Recto said the Palace could be having a hard time calibrating the increases as the government has 258 different pay grades, but noted that it has been months since the President promised the salary hike.
Once the Palace submits the SSL V bill, the 2 chambers of congress will have to approve it on 3 readings before Duterte can sign it into law.