Duterte, other state workers get pay hike

March 23, 2019
Rodrigo R. Duterte
Rodrigo R. Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will finally get a P102,000 monthly salary increase this year after approving the release of funds for the fourth tranche of salary hike for government officials and workers.

Duterte recently signed Executive Order No. 76 to ensure funding for the fourth tranche of the salary increase this 2019, as the national budget this year remained stalled.

Under EO No. 201, issued by former President Benigno Aquino III, government workers were supposed to have started receiving the fourth and last tranche of the salary increase in January.

But funds for the fourth tranche were not released due to the delay in the passage of the national budget. This prompted Duterte to issue EO No. 76 which authorizes the government to source funding for the salary increase from “any available appropriations” under the 2018 budget.

In 2018, Duterte had a salary of P298,083 following the third tranche of salary increase. This is set to increase to P399,739 this year, or an increase of P101,656. The pay hike is retroactive to January 1.

Duterte, who holds Salary Grade 33, is the first President to benefit from the EO on salary increase.

He started his presidency with a monthly pay ranging from P160,924 to P165,752. This increased to as much as P222,278 in 2017 and P298,083 in 2018. This means he got a monthly salary increase of over P200,000 nearly three years into his term.

Aquino, Duterte’s predecessor who signed EO 201 in 2016, had a monthly salary of P120,000 throughout his 6-year presidency, more than a third of what Duterte is set to receive.

Duterte often complains of his salary, occasionally saying in jest it was not enough to feed his two families.

Vice President Leni Robredo, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, who are assigned Salary Grade 32, meanwhile, will see their respective salaries go up to a range of P307,365 to 353,470 this year from P233,857 to P264,721 last year, depending on the length of their service.

Meanwhile, Salary Grade 1 government personnel will see their salaries jump to a range of P11,068 to P11,732 this year from P10,510 to P11,173, depending on the length of their service. Employees under this salary grade used to receive P9,000.

The lowest-paid teachers, assigned Salary Grade 11, will see their salary rise to P20,754 to P22,829 this year from P20,179 to P22,055, depending on the length of their service.