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P122B allocated for pay hike of gov’t personnel next year, says House majority leader Andaya

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The newly elected House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya said that P121.7 billion of the proposed 2019 national expenditure program will be allocated for salary increases of civilian and military personnel.

Andaya, who represents Camarines Sur, said that P51. 7 billion is earmarked for the fourth and final tranche of the Salary Standardization Law IV which covers civilian employees.

For uniformed personnel, P70 billion has also been included in next year’s budget to fund the second installment of the law raising the base pay of soldiers, policemen, jail and fire officers, and coast guards.

Andaya also said that the P121. 7 billion for next year’s pay hike accounts for almost a tenth of the P1.185-trillion budget for personnel services for 2019.

Personnel services or PS, in turn, makes up for almost 32% of the Palace-submitted P3.757 trillion government spending request for next year, the House leader sajd.

However, Andaya explained that the P1.185 trillion PS allocation, he explained, funds the first-year compensation for the 10,000 Teacher 1; 10,000 Police Officer 1; 3,000 Fire Officer 1; 2,000 Jail Officer 1 and other positions to be created in the bureaucracy next year.

Citing a DBM document, authorized civilian positions in the national government was 1.1 million in 2015, while this year it is pegged at 1.32 million and is programmed to reach 1.41 million next year.

“Isang dahilan ng pagdami ng bilang ng mga kawani ng gobyerno ay yung K-12 na program. Kailangan mag-hire ng dagdag na teachers. In fact, meron pa ngang 105,000 vacant teaching positions na inutos ni Pangulong Duterte na dapat mapunuan agad,” Andaya was quoted as saying.

“Pag pulis naman, every 500 increase in population requires us to hire one policeman. So yung PS increase in some aspects is due to population pressure,” he added.