Senators Call to Diokno to Implement the Salary Increase Now

More senators on Thursday called on Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno not to suspend payment of government employees’ salary increases because of the delay in the approval of the 2019 budget bill, saying this was not a valid reason.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Executive Order No. 201 issued by former President Benigno Aquino III and Joint Resolution No. 1 signed by President Duterte provided the legal basis for the payment of the salary increases.

Moreover, Lacson said there was nearly P100 billion in the 2018 budget to fund the raise.

“Mr. [Budget] Secretary, implement the salary increase now. It is not unconstitutional. It has basis in law and there is P99.446 billion under the MPBF (Miscellaneous and Personnel Benefit Fund) in the 2018 budget,” he said.

The MPBF allows the government to deal with the personnel requirements of public institutions, Lacson said.

In the 2018 budget, the MPBF has P62.8 billion for compensation adjustment and P12.36 billion for staffing modification upgrading of salaries, he said.

“Obviously, there is legal basis as there are funds to implement the salary hike, especially for the first quarter of 2019,” Lacson said.

"Sa panahon ngayon kailangang kailangan ng mga guro natin ang ayuda para makaagapay sa hirap ng buhay," Sen. Aquino stated.

(Our teachers badly need our help to cope with difficulties in life.) 

"Huwag naman sanang ipagkait sa mga empleyado ng pamahalaan at sa mga guro itong agarang ayuda na matagal na nilang hinihiling at hinihintay," he continued.

Sources: Inquirer / abs-cbn news
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