The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee on Monday quickly approved the bill seeking to increase the salary of government employees by 2020.
Following their approval, the panel will also seek the House Bill No. 5712 as urgent from the Office of the President, said chair and Davao 3rd District Rep. Isidro Ungab.
The House and the Senate both aimed to discuss their separate version of the Salary Standardization Law V (SSL V) in their respective sessions also on Monday.
“We expect that the Office of the President might issue a certificate of urgency anytime after ma-file ang committee report sa plenary mamaya,” Ungab said.
Once signed into law past January 2020, the implementation of the salary adjustment will remain retroactive.
SSL V still inadequate
However, according to ACT Teacher Rep. France Castro, the salary increase under SSL V is still inadequate despite the instant approval.
She mentioned that Salary Grade (SG) 1 employees will only receive P2,000 increase, which is equivalent to P500 each year from 2020 to 2023. If the measure will be implemented, SG 1 will increase P11,000 to P13,000 by 2023.
In addition, Castro said the basic pay of public school teacher (Teacher 1) will increase from P20,754 to P27,000 after four years.
“Kapos sya ng P3,000 doon sa proposal ng teachers… Sobra namang napakabarat nitong proposal na ito ng DBM at ng liderato ng House dahil matagal na nga naming hinihiling ‘yung P30,000,” she said.
Castro, however, vowed to urge the House for a higher salary increase in their plenary debates and in the bicameral conference panel meetings.
On the other hand, Ungab explained that SSL V was based on a study by the Department of Budget and Management, which they think was prepared well.
He cited that they have allotted some P34 billion for the implementation of the bill under the 2020 proposed national budget.
“Kung kaya lang ibigay ang mataas, why not? Ang problema, we also have limited funds,” he said.
“Kung may pagkukulang man, we hope to correct that in the future,” Ungab added.
By 2023, public school teachers holding Teacher 1 position will be given an augmentation of 30.1%. Teachers 2 and 3, meanwhile, will receive 27.1% and 24.1% salary increase, respectively.
The measure does not cover uniformed personnel and incumbent lawmakers who passed the bill.