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ACT Teachers Party-List Representatives during the Budget Deliberation of 2017 National Budget

22 September 2016 No Comment

DBCC TINIO
During the budget briefing of the Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) on the 2017 National Budget Rep. Antonio Tinio interpellates Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno on salary increase for government employees. Sec. Diokno stated that salary increase higher than the four-year adjustment under the Aquino administration’s Executive Order 201 for government employees is “too ambitious.” While we
welcome the inclusion of the second installment for salary increases in the 2017 budget, we maintain that government employees deserve much, much more than the paltry hikes that EO 201 gives, especially for low- and middle-level employees who will be granted increases of only 11% to 22% over four years.

DBM also stated that they intend to lower income tax which will in effect raise the take home pay of government employees. Rep. Tinio welcomes the openness to lower income tax but warns against hiking VAT and excise tax.

DBCC CastroRep. France Castro interpellated Budget Undersecretary Laura Pascua on government employees benefits such as Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) and Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) incentives.

The lawmaker urged Usec. Pascua to rechannel P16.7B PBB funds to salary increase of government employees since such system creates an atmosphere of competition among employees instead of harmonious cooperation towards providing quality public service to the people. DBM agreed to give reports assessing PBB’s role in improving the efficiency of government agencies and agreed to review guidelines in granting PBB.

Also, Rep. Castro insisted DBM to allocate a different funding for CNA incentives to be given to employees, hence there will be sufficient budget for such expenses in MOOE (though it is not always enough in such institutions’ expenditures). The lawmaker insisted that it is an immoral act to acquire CNA incentives from the savings in the MOOE like in schools. DBM promised that they will consider Rep. Castro’s suggestion.

 

Please click the link below for the video of said deliberation.

Rep. Tinio on DBCC-https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1104978472904246/

Rep. Castro on DBCC-https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1105994542802639/

 

You may also click the following links below on the issues raised by Rep. Tinio and Castro during their interpellation:

Rep. Tinio’s interpellation on the different agency

DEPED Budget—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1117925268276233/

CHED—->https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1113352925400134/

DSWD—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1126917480710345/

DND—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1127715710630522/

PCOO—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1126972984038128/

DILG—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1114888945246532/

COA—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1121892641212829/

DOH—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1121226854612741/

JUDICIARY—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1121010621301031/

CHR—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1109306449138115/

CSC—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1107951185940308/

 

Rep. Castro’s interpellation on the different agency

DEPED—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1119016284833798/

DSWD—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1117712801630813/

DOJ—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1114795861922507/

COMELEC—>https://www.facebook.com/act.teachers/videos/1113001132101980/

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