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DBM to study pay hike for state workers in ‘23

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The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will review the wages of state workers next year to determine a reasonable adjustment that the Marcos Jr. government can grant, an official said Saturday.

“We will conduct another study in 2023. This is important for us to examine and determine the needed salaries in the government, Gerald Janda, Director of the DBM’s Organization, Position, Classification, and Compensation Bureau, said in a Dobol B TV interview.

With minimum wage earners in the government reportedly earning just P12,517 per month, several groups have appealed for a base monthly salary of P33,000 for state employees, amid high inflation.

Raising the minimum wage for government employees will necessitate the passage of a new law, the Budget department said earlier.

“It’s important to consider not just a raise in salaries but a reasonable level for the budget to be implemented by law. That’s why next year we will study carefully all the suggestions from the different DBM…sectors and stakeholders to ensure that the government can afford such a raise,” Janda said in Filipino.

The last tranche of the modification of the salary schedule for civilian personnel pursuant to Republic Act 11466, or Salary Standardization Law V, will be implemented in 2023, the DBM noted previously.

“We are recognizing the calls of the different sectors for an increase in salaries. But we have the SSL V, so in 2023 there will be a raise in the salaries of all government personnel based on RA11466,” Janda said.


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