Bill increasing civil servants’ salaries awaiting President’s approval, signature

Published January 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Genalyn Kabiling 

The bill seeking another round of salary increases for government workers is now under evaluation by the Office of the President, a Department of Budget and Management (DBM) official said on Wednesday.

Department of Budget and Management (MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of Budget and Management (MANILA BULLETIN)

Gerald Janda, Director IV of DBM, said they have set aside funds in the 2020 national budget to bankroll the implementation of the first tranche of the salary hike once the law is signed by the President.

“The enrolled bill on the proposed Salary Standardization Law 5 has already been submitted to the Office of the President for evaluation and approval,” he said in a press conference in Malacañang.

“Once signed into law, the first tranche of the increase in the salary of government workers will take effect starting January 1, 2020. And we have already provided in the 2020 GAA a certain amount for the implementation of this under the miscellaneous personnel benefits fund.”

The President recently signed the P4.1 trillion national budget for 2020 at a ceremony at the Palace. The proposed Salary Standardization Law V, which will be implemented in four tranches, is awaiting the President’s signature.

Asked if the salary hike law will be signed this week, Janda said, “We will coordinate with the Office of the President. But rest assured that the enrolled copy of the SLL-5 is already with the Office of the President for approval and signature.”

The bill will provide annual increases in the salaries of government personnel from 2020 to 2023. Around P130 billion would be spent to cover the SSL-5 program, including P33.2 billion for the first tranche this year.