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DBM: P48m ready for gov’t specialists

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The Department of Budget and Management is eyeing to increase the salary structures, allowances, and other benefits of state workers.

Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman said P48 million has been allocated from the approved Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG) budget this year to engage 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, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. directed us to conduct a study to ensure that the compensation of our civilian government personnel becomes generally competitive to those working in the private sector,” she said.

“This is to encourage our kababayan (countrymen) to enter the government, and to motivate our existing employees to stay in government and perform well,” the Budget chief added.

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

“We know that any amount of increase is a big help for the daily expenses of our public servants,” Pangandaman said.

In January, the fourth and last tranche of salary hikes for government employees was implemented.

The said increase was mandated by Republic Act 11466 or the Salary Standardization Law.

In accordance with RA 11466, the modified salary schedule for civil personnel shall be implemented in four tranches, from FY 2020 to FY 2023.

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

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