Budget secretary Diokno: Gov't teachers, Nurses, Cops, soldiers to receive pay hike starting January

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Tuesday, January 3, Police and military will receive their pay hike beginning January 1 as part of the second tranche of the government's salary standardization, said by the Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno.
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In a press briefing in MalacaƱang, Dioko said that the pay hike for police and soldiers is both for salary and allowances.

"We are now in the second tranche of our four-tranche salary adjustment. As you now, we gave the salary increase last year. And there will be another salary increase this year, both for civilians, military, and police," he said.

By civilians Diokno was referring to public school teachers and government hospital nurses.

"They are part of the salary standardization," he said.

"They are part of these tranches. But it does not mean that we will double their salary because right now the pay of public school teachers are much higher than of private school teachers," he added.

"As far as the military is concerned, we will be able to comply with the desire of the President to double their take-home pay by January 2018. Sooner, if we pass the tax reform, because tax reform would mean reducing the personal income tax rate from a maximum of 32 percent to 25 percent," he said.

He also explained that salary adjustment was a follow through of former President Noynoy Aquino's executive order on government workers' pay hike.

"The previous administration had a down payment 2016. And we are going to honor it and in fact, he said, although he added: 

"There’s a maybe a legal defect because it did not go through Congress, it’s just incorporated in the budget."

"There’s already an allocation in the 2017 budget for a salary increase, second tranche. But we will go to Congress and ask for authority," Diokno said. 

Diokno also said that the government is looking for other ways on how to handle the pension pay of the security forces.

"As you know, during the time of [former] President [Fidel] Ramos, he had this law which, it says that the pension of the military is tied to the salary of the incumbent," he said.

"And you know how--how the longevity of the soldiers, right? They… Look at President Ramos is still around, right? So you retire at 50 and then they receive pension for the next 40 years, that’s tremendous, that’s significant. So that… Unless we fix that, there will come a time when maybe 70 percent of the budget of the military will just go to the pension," he added.

With this, Diokno is eyeing to create two types of salary structure for the soldiers.

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"So that’s part of the total solution that we are looking for, that maybe there should be a difference between those who will enter at a given date and those who are already in the system because we are not--we don’t intend to take away the privilege of those who are in the system, right? So that’s been done before internationally, that’s been done. So that is part of the solution... That requires legislation," he said.

"There will be two types of salary structure for the military. Those who will come in after a certain date and those who are already inside. So that will be the kind of legislation that we have in mind," he added


Source: GMA News Online

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