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August 5, 2014

Reference: ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio (0920-9220817)


Salary hikes for government employees are possible–but only if the Aquino government, after it conducts a long-delayed review of the pay schedule for state workers, finds them “feasible.”

ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio L. Tinio slammed today the statement of the Aquino administration, aired by the Department of Budget and Management, which said that government needs to study first the compensation classification system (CCS) of government employees before it can propose pay increases.  The DBM said it will probably have its findings ready by 2016.

The administration issued this statement as its response to 39 bills heard today by the House Committee on Appropriations calling for increases in the salaries and benefits of government employees, including Tinio’s House Bill 245 for teachers and non-teaching staff in basic education, HB 246 for instructors and professors in universities and colleges, and HB 250 for a P4,000 monthly Personnel Economic Relief Allowance.  Also included is HB 3015 calling for an additional P6,000 in the minimum pay of all government employees.

Said Tinio, “This statement proves that this administration does not heed the loud clamor of state workers for immediate economic relief.  It refuses to include provisions for salary increases in its proposed budgets, like the one its recently submitted to Congress for 2015.”

“Secondly, its belated review of the CCS shows that this administration violated another law–the Salary Standardization Law 3–and trampled the rights of government employees workers to adequate compensation in the process.”

Section 1(e) of Joint Resolution No. 4 or the SSL 3 mandates government to conduct a periodic review of the salary scale every three years upon effectivity of the law, taking into consideration “the possible erosion in the purchasing power due to inflation,” among other factors.

“The fact remains that workers in the government need salary increases because of the high costs of living, not because DBM or Aquino says so.  They need pay hikes now, not in 2016,” Tinio added.

Tinio urged Congress to urgently act on the 39 proposed measures increasing the compensation for government employees in the face of Malacañang’s insensitivity to the plight of teachers and other government employees.  ###

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