Basic salaries of government employees, including DepEd public school teachers, are set to increase by 27% for 2016.
The Senate version of the Senate Standardization Law, a measure that would mandate “a 4-year P226-billion compensation increase for the national government’s 1.53 million civilian and military and uniformed personnel.” of 2015 has already been filed, following an endorsement by President Aquino early this November.
In a report, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said that P50.6 billion ($1 billion) of the P3 trillion 2016 budget was proposed to be allocated for government workers’ salary increases next year under the Salary Standardization Law.
The compensation package for government employees would include:
- a salary increase by an average of 27%
- a mid-year 14th month pay
- an enhanced performance-based bonus (PBB) system that will be equivalent to one (1) to two (2) months’ salary
He said that the increase in the monthly salaries will be by 45 percent, all in all.
Currently, the average monthly salary of public school teachers ranges from P18,549 to P25,000.
Senate President Franklin Drilon, one of the co-sponsors of the bill in the Senate, said that the Law “seeks to encourage employees to stay longer in the government and to boost their morale and productivity.”
“The new compensation package will entice employees to remain on the job and attract competent applicants to be involved in government works,” Drilon added.
The Senate is set to pass the measure before the end of the year so as employees will be able to enjoy the new salary package by Jan. 1, 2016.