Plenary Interpellation of ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio on the proposed 2018 Budget’s General Principles and Provisions

On salary increase for government employees

- Rep. Tinio recalled the promises during the campaign and afterwards of President Duterte to increase the salaries of soldiers and police, then of public school teachers. Upon inquiry, sponsor Rep. Nograles said that there is already a draft executive order to double the basic pay of military and police in 2018. Rep. Tinio then noted that there is P61.4 B in the 2018 budget just for the third tranche of salary increase under SSL 4. There is a budget of 24.9B for doubling of basic pay of uniformed personnel in 2018 from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund.

- When asked to clarify, the sponsor and DBM said that the administration’s plan regarding the salaries of uniformed personnel was changed to that of merely doubling the “baseline pay”

- Rep. Tinio remarked, “wag po nating bigyan ng false hope ang ating uniformed personnel. Lumalabas sa paliwanag niyo [ng sponsor] na ire-repackage lang ang existing salaries and compensation package at sasabihin na dahil doon, na-doble na ang basic pay ng mga uniformed personnel natin. Alam niyo po, magagalit lang sa inyo ang ating kapulisan at kasundaluhan kung ganyan. You’re just playing with words… kasi wala namang additional budget.”

- Rep. Tinio criticized the new policy on salary increase, “Ang umiiral na pananaw pala ay sapat na ang Executive Order… kung pwede palang baguhin nang ganun-ganun na lamang, syempre 1.4 million government employees lalo na sa civilian bureaucracy, ang makikinabang sa ganitong paraan ng pagtaas ng sweldo.”

- Rep. Tinio ended his interpellation by recalling the promise of President Duterte for salary increase to teachers, “kung mahalaga ang sweldo ng pulis at sundalo, mahalaga rin ang mga guro. Ano pong maaasahan sa Malacanang at anong maasahan sa DBM? Kelan matutupad ang pangako ni Pangulo?”###