ILOILO Governor Arthur Defensor is suspending the implementation of Executive Order No. 201 mandating the increase in wages of government employees until a new president will be elected in the May 9, elections.
Defensor said EO 201 issued by President Benigno Aquino III on Feb. 19 describe it “unfair.”
He said that after the May 9, 2016 elections, he will ask the new President to review the modified salary schedule because it gave huge increases to those who are already receiving high salaries while those with low salaries received minimum increase.
"Our poor drivers, our clerks and our utility workers will only receive a pittance while department heads will receive a hefty bonus," Defensor noted. "I also want a salary increase but it should be rationalized."
"This (EO No. 201) must be reviewed and amended to make it fair to all of us," he told provincial government employees during the opening of the Semana sang Iloilo, marking the 115th founding anniversary of the Province of Iloilo.
But if the modified salary schedule cannot be amended and rationalized, Defensor said he will submit it to a referendum whether or not it should be implemented by the provincial government of Iloilo.
"If this is acceptable to you, then we will implement it," he added.
Under EO No. 201, Salary Grade 1 employees in the Capitol now receiving P9,000 monthly salary will receive an increase of P478 or P9,478 under the modified salary schedule.
Salary Grade 8 employees with a monthly salary of P14,931 will receive an increase of P437, or a new rate of P15,368 per month.
Department heads (Salary Grade 26) currently receiving P58,028 per month will be receiving P67,690 or an increase of P9,662 per month.
However, 32 percent of the salaries of department heads goes to tax, leaving them with an increase of only P6570 per month. (Iloilo PIO)