• P56B allotted for state workers’ salary hike

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    STATE workers can look forward to another salary increase next year as well as a new round of performance-based bonus.

    The government will allot P50.6 billion in the P1 trillion proposed 2016 national budget for the salary adjustment and an additional P16.8 billion for the incentive bonus.

    Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said a proposal for the wage increase is still being finalized.

    “We still have not put together a proposal based on a recently completed compensation and benefits survey that we will have to take up with the President and the Cabinet,” the budget secretary told members of the Senate finance committee.

    The wage adjustment will be implemented under the Salary Standardization Law.

    Senate President pro tempore Ralph Recto noted that the setting aside of P50.6 billion could translate into an average of P3,000 monthly increase for each government employee.

    Recto came up with the amount by dividing the proposed P50.6 billion by the total number of employees in the government payroll.

    “I think a P3,000 average per month increase is the floor being sought. And I have to stress the fact that I am using an average here. It may not also be uniform because of the varying salary rates,” he explained.

    The senator added that it is possible that the planned salary adjustment in 2016 could be the first installment of a bigger pay hike that will be implemented in phases.

    The Senator at the same time urged the DBM to submit the bill as soon as possible so it can be tackled “in unison” with the national budget.

    “You can’t divorce the two; 27 centavos for every budget peso in 2016 is for personnel services,” Recto said.

    Senate Bill No. 2671 or the Salary Standardization Law 4 (SSL4) sponsored by Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th and Francis Escudero is still pending in the Senate.

    If enacted, the base pay of the lowest grade government employee will be increased from P9,000 to P16,000. For military and uniformed personnel, base pay will range from P23,200 for a candidate soldier to P550,000 for a four-star general.

    Meanwhile, Senator Sonny Angara asked government economic managers how they intend to improve the lives of the Filipino people.

    Angara lamented that while achievements in terms of debt management and increased investor confidence have been achieved, there seems to be no proposals that will directly have an impact on the lives of Filipinos.

    Angara, who chairs the Senate ways and means committee, added that the government has been asking Congress to pass measures that will generate more revenues but has not done anything to ease the burden of the people like adopting tax reforms.

    At 32 percent, Angara said, the Philippines has the second-highest individual income tax rate in Southeast Asia, next to Thailand and Vietnam’s 35 percent.

    Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima admitted that the tax structure is still under review.

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    9 Comments

    1. Mga boss wag nlng tayo mag reklamo. Kme nga namamatayan na sa kakagyera pero hnd naman kme nag rereklamo. Iwas iwasan nio po kasi ang mangutang. Kung tutuusin malaki ang sahod natin kesa sa ginagawa natin. Makuntento tayo kung ano yung natatanggap ntin. Bastaiwasan lang natin ang mga loan, cooperatives, at iba pang mga gawaing nakaka dagdag responsibilidad stin. Salamat

    2. Dapat gawin nalng optional ang membership sa GSIS, hindi mandatory. Bakit ? una walang pinagkaiba ang GSIS sa loan shark. Tulad ng commercial bank, ang taas ng singil sa interest, at surcharges, d magawa mismo ng GSIS na ibaba sa kalahati ang interest, kun tutuusin secured naman ang utang kc sa ayaw sa gusto ng state worker na bayaran ang loan nya, ikakaltas naman un sa pensyon nya, pangalawa, nagiging gatasan lang ng mga opisyal ng GSIS ang pera ng mga kawani ng pamahalaan, dadag lang sa sakit ng korapsyon sa gobyerno. At saka, itaas din ang tax exemption sa basic salary, kc ang nangyayari halos kalahati ng increase napunta lang sa tax, bukod pa dyan ung personal contribution sa GSIS at Pag-Ibig, then sa Philhealt.

    3. tama. inuuto ng gsis ang mga kawani ng gobyerno. tutulong daw hello.. bakit pinpatay niyo ang mga government employees sa mga interest… pera na namin kami pa pinagkakaperahan…

    4. Masaya sana may increase sa sahod, kaso nakabuka ang kamay ng BIR. Sabi naman ng iba, pag marami kang anak liliit ang tax mo, sabi naman ng DOH, magcontrol sa panganganak.

    5. As u see the act states the only the regular employees could have the wage increase, why u should have eager to push the issue of the job orders, u should know where u from b4 u bursting out, regulars not job orders, kung sa atin pa wait until u become kumbaga… Wag na natin ibahin ang issue . that was the said, duralex sid lex. The law is harse but that is the law…. Peace.

    6. The plan is for the regular gov’t employees only? What about the job orders in the government? Why are they being deprived from this knowing that they are too serving the government as that of the permanents?

      • Jo Order employees get their salary from their MOOE, there is no employer-employee relation that’s why increase is impossible. Perhaps the Employees Association can pass a resolution for additional funds to be generated to increase their salary.

    7. Utang na lang kayo sa GSIS 12 percent interest maximum of 14 months salary. Taas ng Interest rate. Pera mo na inuutang mo pa.

      • Thats true isa pa loan na binayaran mo , di updated record, in my case it took me 2 years of follow up and submission of my record before na ma solve kaso ko, imagine pahahanap pa sau pay slip mo fifteen years na nakaraan…sila wala record pa computerize computerize pa…