SENATOR Panfilo “Ping” Lacson urged Department of Budget and Management (DBM) officials to use the P99.446-billion fund under the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF) for the government workers’ pay increase.
Lacson made the suggestion amid the ongoing stalemate over the proposed P3.7-trillion national budget for 2019 which Lacson said “should not be a reason to put on hold a scheduled salary increase for government workers.”
“Mr. DBM Secretary, implement the salary increase now. It is not unconstitutional. It has basis in law and there is PhP99.446 billion under the MPBF in the 2018 budget,” he said in a post on his Twitter account.
“Pointing to a re-enacted budget won’t fly,” he added.
The MPBF allows the government to address the personnel requirements of public institutions.
Lacson noted that of the P99.4 billion in the MPBF in the 2018 budget, P62.8 billion is for Compensation Adjustment, while P12.36 billion is for Staffing Modification Upgrading of Salaries.
“Obviously, there is legal basis as there are funds to implement the salary hike, especially for the first quarter of 2019,” he said.