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Tuesday, 15 August 2023

DBM targets enhanced remuneration package for government employees

Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman announced the possible plans to increase the salary structures, allowances, and other benefits for employees in government service.

Secretary Pangandaman said a sum of P48 million has been allocated from the approved Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) budget this year, aimed specifically at engaging specialist services for a comprehensive review of the compensation and position classification system for the government sector.

“When it comes to implementing another round of increases, binigyan po kami ng direktiba ni President Bongbong Marcos na magsagawa ng study para masiguro na ang compensation ng lahat ng ating mga civilian government personnel ay maging generally competitive kumpara sa mga nagtatrabaho sa private sector,” the budget secretary said.

“Ito po ay para ma-encourage ang ating mga kababayan na pumasok sa gobyerno, at para na rin po ma-motivate ang ating mga existing employees na manatili sa gobyerno at mag-perform ng masipag at maayos,” she added.

Reflecting a proactive approach to employee welfare, DBM has also allocated P1.368 billion in the proposed National Expenditure Program (NEP) for fiscal year (FY) 2024 to fund the additional P1,000 in the uniform or clothing allowance of over 1.3 million government employees.

A parallel review of the various benefits received across different ranks of the civil service spectrum is being performed by the DBM to determine if there is a need to adjust them.

“Alam naman po natin na ang anumang increase ay malaki ang maitutulong sa pang-araw-araw na pamumuhay ng ating mga public servants,” Secretary Pangandaman said.

In January, the fourth and last tranche of salary hikes for government employees was already implemented. The said increase was mandated by Republic Act 11466, or the Salary Standardization Law of 2019, series of 2020.

In accordance with RA 11466, the modified Salary Schedule for civil personnel was implemented in four tranches, from FY 2020 to 2023. (DBM/PIA-Caraga)