Good news to all civilian government workers! Acting Budget Secretary Wendel E. Avisado recently announced that there will be another round of pay hike in 2020 – and funds for the salary increase have already been included in the budget proposal.
The next round of Salary Standardization Law (SSL) has been submitted along with the rest of the proposed Php4.1-trillion 2020 national budget as prepared by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
The huge increase from the Php3.7-trillion 2019 national budget includes an allocation of Php31 billion to fund the further increase in civilian workers’ salaries.
And while this increase is lower than the Php51-billion budget for this year to cover the implementation of the fourth tranche of SSL 4, it would still be a welcome increase for many workers. A 10% increase in salary could be expected by the lowest salary grade under the proposal.
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What’s even more exciting for government workers is that the pay hike won’t just be implemented next year but in the next three years, up to 2022.
“It is programmed for three years starting 2020, thus the corresponding funding requirements must be included in the annual national expenditure program (NEP),” Avisado declared.
With the government having over 1.2 million civilian workers, a lot of people will certainly be happy next year as the pay hike is implemented. However, while the DBM announced the likely 10% increase in the salaries of those in the lowest salary grade, the rates for the higher salary grades remain unknown as of press time.
Avisado further explained that the pay hike to be implemented in the next 3 years, particularly the allocation for 2020, was based on a DBM survey study done in coordination with the Governance Commission for Government-Owned or Controlled Corporations (GCG).