THE Supreme Court yesterday ordered the Department of Budget and Management to comment on the petition filed by House Majority Leader Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. seeking the release of the fourth tranche of benefits for state workers.
The order to submit a comment was reached during an en banc hearing.
Last week, Andaya asked the SC to compel Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to release the fourth tranche of salary increase for government workers.
Andaya along with 50 other petitioners stressed the DBM and Diokno neglected their ministerial duty to release funds and benefits provided under Executive Order 201.
EO 201 was signed by former president Benigno Aquino III in 2016 to implement the fourth tranche of salary increase for state workers.
Diokno claimed the government could not release the fourth tranche of salary adjustments due to the delayed congressional approval of the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget.
But Andaya argued that there was no basis for the delay in the release of the funds as there are available alternative sources of funds, including the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Funds (MPBF) and the savings generated from the reenacted 2018 General Appropriations Act.