Tuloy na tuloy! CamSur Rep. Andaya assures pay hike for gov’t personnel, military in 2019

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Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya assured that pay hikes for government personnel, civilian and military next year will push through as scheduled amid talks about reenacted 2019 national budget.

The CamSur solon said that the “fate of 2019 national budget” has no impact on the salary increase programmed starting January 2019.

“It will go on as programmed, even in the event of a slight delay in the signing into law of the 2019 budget. The increase will be included in the first paycheck of the year which will be released on January 15,” Andaya said.

“Fake news ang chismis na nakasalalay sa budget ang naka-programang pagtaas ng suweldo ng mga kawani ng gobyerno sa susunod na taon,” the House majority leader said.

He noted that the authorization for the salary hike for is governed by two separate laws.

“Thus, their implementation is decoupled from the passage of the GAA,” he said.

Andaya said that a total of P121.7 billion is earmarked for the salary adjustments in 2019 and about P51.7 billion is earmarked for the fourth and final tranche of the Salary Standardization Law IV.

“For uniformed personnel, it will be P70 billion for second installment of the law raising the base pay of soldiers, policemen, jail and fire officers, and coast guards,” said Andaya.

He noted that the basis of the four-stage SSL IV is Executive Order 201 signed by President Aquino in February 2016.

Meanwhile, Andaya sais that the law adjusting the salary of uniformed personnel in the DND, DILG, DOTR and DENR is Joint Resolution No. 1 of Congress which was signed by President Duterte in January this year.

“At P1.185 trillion, the personnel services budget, which covers base pay, allowances, premium contributions of government workers, and pension for military and police retirees, accounts for 32 percent of the P3.757 trillion 2019 national budget,” the CamSur solon said.