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Capitol braces for workers’ pay hike

THE Provincial Government is bracing for another salary increase for employees within this year.

Lawyer Rayfrando Diaz, provincial administrator, said the provincial government is ready to implement and comply with the salary increase which total amount is not yet determined pending advise from the Department of Budget and Management.

Diaz said although the impending salary increase is not allotted in the 2020 provincial budget but adjustments would be made through a supplemental budget once the advice of the DBM arrives.

“We don’t have the figure yet and it’s not clear yet,” Diaz said.

Effective January 1, 2020, more than 1.4 million employees of the Philippine government — including public school teachers, nurses, doctors, and other civil service workers — are set to receive higher salaries with the approval of the new Salary Standardization Law (SSL).

On January 8, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law “Salary Standardization Law of 2019”, which will roll out four (4) tranches of annual salary increases for government workers beginning 2020 and lasting until 2023.

The first tranche of the newly-approved SSL 5 will be retroactive and will take effect beginning January 1, 2020. This means all eligible government employees will already receive this benefit as if the law was approved at the start of the year.

Under SSL 5, a government employee with Salary Grade 1, Step 1 (SG 1-1) will receive monthly salary of P11,551 starting January 2020 — an increase from the current monthly salary of P11,068.

SG 10-1 employees will now receive monthly salary of P20,219, while SG 20-1 employees will receive P52,703 monthly salary.

The highest ranked SG 33-2 employees will see their salary growing to P407,734 per month. (TDE)


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