Duterte signs law granting salary increase of teachers, nurses, other gov’t workers

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into a law granting the pay hike of government workers.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed the news in a press briefing with reporters at Malacañang on Thursday, January 9. According to Panelo, the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) has already been signed that would increase the salaries of government employees, including teachers and nurses, starting January 1, 2020.

President Rodrigo Duterte signs the new Salary Standardization Law
President Rodrigo Duterte signs the new Salary Standardization Law (SSL) | Photo Courtesy: PCOO

Panelo said, "We would like to confirm the enactment and the signing of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL)... Of course the desire of the President is to upgrade the standard of living of government employees and this measure will rationalize the compensation of all civilian personnel."

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Based on the new SSL, there will be four tranches of salary increase every January starting 2020 until 2023. Once the measure is fully implemented, basic salaries will increase by a weighted average of 23.24 percent by 2023.

Government workers with Salary Grades 10 to 15 will receive the highest increase ranging from 20 to 30 percent while those under Salary Grade of 25 to 33 will have the lowest increase of 8 percent.

Following the minimum daily wage in the National Capital Region, the measure will increase the minimum basic salary from the current P11,068 to P13,000.

According to Panelo, the pay hike was also Duterte's way of rewarding the government workers by granting them a performance based incentive. Under the law, government offices that were able to achieve a rating of "satisfactory service" for at least four months will qualify their employees to a mid-year bonus equivalent to a month's basic salary as of May 15 of the given year.

As many as 1.4 million civil servants are expected to benefit from the new law.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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