NEGROS Occidental Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr. said his office is still in the process of computing the budget for the implementation of the salary increase of Capitol employees under the Salary Standardization Law 4.
Salado said the possibility that the increase could be partially given at the end of the year either in form of the 14th month pay or Productivity Enhancement Incentive, but it would not be retroactive to January 2016 when the executive order for SSL4 was signed by President Aquino.
Under the guidelines, local government units would implement the SSL4 depending on the availability of funds.
Salado said that when the budget for 2016 was deliberated last year, it was still based on the old rates, and that in the 2017 budget, the new rates will surely be included.
“We can get it from the savings but there is still one requirement that we will have to hurdle. We are already over by P200 million in the Personal Services (PS) cap which is something that we have to overcome.
We could no longer have supplemental budget for PS because we are already over the ceiling,” he added.
“It’s possible this year but not starting January, so I need first the computation for me to get the exact amount and we will compute it based on savings,” Salado said.
He assured the Capitol employees though that the mid-year bonus will be ready for release in May.