House passes measure raising pay of gov’t workers

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    THE House of Representatives yesterday approved on final reading a bill seeking to increase the salaries of government workers, including teachers and nurses, beginning next year.

    Congressmen voted 187-5 in favor of House Bill No. 5712 after President Duterte certified the measure as urgent.

    Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab, panel chair, said the implementation of the salary adjustment will be retroactive if the measure is signed into law beyond January 2020.

    There is a P34-billion allocation for the salary increase of government employees under the P4.1 trillion proposed national budget for 2020 budget.

    Ungab sponsored the measure in the plenary to open floor deliberations on the measure last Monday.

    The Senate on Monday approved on final reading a similar measure after President Duterte certified the measure as urgent.

    Under the measure approved by the House, Salary Grade 1 employees will receive a measly P2,000 increase or P500 each year from 2020 to 2023.

    By 2023, a Teacher 1 will have received a 30.1 percent salary increase, while Teachers 2 and 3 will have been paid an additional a 27.1 percent and 24.1 percent, respectively.

    The proposed law provides for the grant of a midyear bonus to government workers equivalent to one month salary as of May 15 of a given year, for as long as they have rendered at least four months of service and are still in service at that time.

    ACT party-list earlier slammed the allotment for salary increase of government employees under the 2020 budget, saying it is not even half of the money that the government is spending for the increase in the salaries of policemen and soldiers.