Gov't workers to receive fresh pay raise under 2020 budget

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 20) — A fresh pay hike for all government employees is in the works, Acting Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado said Tuesday.

Avisado said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has included a ₱31-billion allocation in the ₱4.1-trillion budget proposal for 2020, which has been submitted to Congress. The allotment comes after the fourth and final tranche of adjustments under the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) that took effect this year.

"Sa ngayon, 'yun muna [For now, that's it]. The following year, depende sa kung anong magiging sitwasyon diyan [it will depend on the situation] if there are more funds coming in," Avisado told reporters in an ambush interview.

He clarified that the provision is separate from the ₱1.256 trillion for personnel services under the spending plan.

Avisado added that only civilian state workers will be covered by higher salaries, as military and uniformed personnel have their own pay scheme.

Like the rest of the items in the 2020 budget proposal, the new round of salary increase will be subject to congressional approval.

Then Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno has said that the DBM is planning a new schedule of salary increases for state employees from 2020 to 2022, which can be done by passing a law or an executive order from the President.

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The last wave of pay hike took effect Jan. 1, which spans 33 salary levels for state workers. Those under salary grade 1 currently earn a minimum of ₱11,068 per month, while the President at salary grade 33 — the highest in the ranks — can earn as much as ₱399,739 monthly.

In June, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo responded to teachers' call for better wages by saying that they need more patience as the government scouts for funding sources to foot the bill. The DBM earlier said that ₱150 billion is needed if the salaries of teachers are hiked by ₱10,000 across the board.