Low pay slows Cabinet recruitment – Duterte

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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he wants young people in his Cabinet but cannot convince them because of low salaries in the government.

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“Ang problema ang pinag-uusapan kaagad yung sweldo [The problem is that questions about pay are immediately asked],” Duterte told reporters at a news conference in Davao City.

He said those he had asked pointed to their families as the reason why they could not accept the salary offered by the government.

“They are young men na gusto kong bunutin sa [who I want to get from the]private sector. Ang problema, wag lang sila magalit, mukha din pera e. Nagtanong kaagad ng sweldo [The problem, I hope they don’t get mad at me, it’s all about money to them. They immediately ask about the pay],” according to Duterte.

Cabinet members get a basic salary of P90,000 per month, but what they earn from the government depends on the tasks they perform.

The Commission on Audit earlier said “differences in salaries and allowances received by government officials are dependent on the nature and complexity of their respective agencies, including allowances for maintenance of overseas operations and security concerns as well as those holding multiple positions.”

The President’s basic salary is P120,000 per month.

Duterte initially expressed interest in hiring young and competent executives to join his official family, but so far his list is composed of men who had served the previous administration.

The two youngest members of his Cabinet, incoming Public Works Secretary Mark Villar and Presidential Assistant for Visayas Michael Dino come from wealthy families or have established businesses.

Duterte’s planned appointments show a Cabinet composed mostly of former government officials, retired military men, lawyer friends and trusted campaign members.

But he said the appointments are not yet final until he signs the appropriate documents.

It is possible for the appointees to be “shuffled” to accommodate future appointees, Duterte added.

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