President Benigno Aquino III expressed confidence on Tuesday that the government could increase the salaries of its workers next year.
During the Jesse Robredo Day Multi-Sectoral Forum in Naga City, Aquino told a state employee that the government would be able to implement the fourth phase of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL4).
“Itong SSL4, mukhang may kakayahan tayo,” Aquino said. “Nandiyan si (Budget Secretary) Butch (Abad). Actually, ikaw nga pala ang nagbi-brief sa akin ‘nung isang araw na mukhang kaya natin ito. Hinihintay ko na lahat ‘nung detalye, tapos siyempre, hihingi tayo ng pahintulot sa Kongreso.”
Abad earlier said that a total of P50.6 billion was included in the proposed P3.002-trillion national budget for 2016 for the possible increase in the salaries of state workers. This would translate to an average P3,000 a month increase in the salary of each of the 1.3 million government employees.
Apart from the proposed wage hike, Aquino said the government has given Productivity Enhancement Incentives to its employees and has transitioned into providing performance-based bonuses.
“Ang pagkaintindi ko tapos na lahat ‘nung kailangan na mga studies na ginawa dahil gusto natin, siyempre, ‘yung konsepto ng equal pay for equal work. Kailangan nating i-recognize ‘yung mga nakikiambag na tama na kawani ng gobyerno.