Public school teachers, government nurses, and other civil servants with low salary will get a bigger pay increase in following round pay adjustment.
Vice chairman of the committee on appropriations and Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, mentioned that the three-year pay upgrading program was intended to increase Salary Grades (SG) 1-17 whereas the SG 18-33, which covers the President and congressmen, will get lower increases.
“The adjustments will preserve and somewhat improve the purchasing power of civil servants, considering the consumer price inflation of 3.4 percent over the past three years and forward estimates of two to four percent per year over the next three years,” Salceda said.
The program will raise government salaries by 15% starting 2020 to 2022 — that means 5% every year.
Currently, teachers and nurses have SG 11, which is equivalent to a minimum of P20,754 up to P22,829 depending on their length of service.
Several bills have been filed in the House of Representative to increase salaries of teachers and nurses to SG 18-19.
The lower pay grade, SG 1, corresponds to P11,068 up to P11,732 whereas the basic salary under SG 17 starts from P36,942 to P40,267 monthly. On the other hand, SG 18 ranges from P40,637 to P44,294 while the highest rate, SG 33, pays P388,096 to P399,739.
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Two House leaders backed the plan to provide larger raise to teachers, nurses, as well as rank-and-file to mid-level government employees.
“We have to structure the adjustment in such a way as to benefit those with low salaries more than those with bigger compensation,” said 1-Pacman Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero.
Romero also said that service heads to bureau chiefs, director, assistant secretaries, undersecretaries, Cabinet members, and lawmakers are already benefiting from their pay and benefits compared with counterparts in private sectors.
“The bigger part of funds for compensation adjustment should go to low-ranking personnel,” he added.
Meanwhile, Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu said senators, congressmen, Cabinet members, other officials getting high salaries could refuse their increase to give way for rank-and-file employees.
“It will not hurt us. We can sacrifice in favor of the bulk of our government personnel,” Abu said.
However, leftists noted that the adjustment of 5% per year is not enough.
Salceda, on the other hand, said that the figure is just adequate for the higher end of the calculated two to four inflation rate.