Gov’t expenses for personal services up by 10.4%

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Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad: Higher expenses for personal services

MANILA, Philippines—Government expenses for personal services—including salaries and benefits for those employed by national agencies—increased by 10.4 percent to P496.1 billion in the 11 months to November 2012.

The increase was “largely due to the implementation of the last tranche of the Salary Standardization Law III, the filling up of vacant positions in the Department of Education and the Department of the Interior and Local Government,” Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad said in a statement.

Higher releases for retirement gratuity and terminal leave claims due to the increased number of retirees also contributed to the increase, Abad added.

From January to November, expenses for personal services accounted for about a third of the P1.54-trillion expenditure for the period, which was 14.1 percent higher year on year.

Abad earlier said government spending in 2012 was expected to be “more robust” in the second half due to the early implementation of salary increases under the fourth tranche of the SSL III, payments of conditional cash transfers, as well as expenditures in preparation for the opening of classes.

The budget chief said a total of P24.7 billion had been earmarked for the fourth installment of pay increases provided for in SSL III.

Of the total amount, P21.7 billion comes from the miscellaneous personnel benefits fund of the General Appropriations Act of 2012 while P2.7 billion will come from the savings from the national budget.

Abad clarified that individuals and groups engaged through job orders, contracts of service and other similar agreements were not covered by the salary hike.

Also excluded are civilian personnel in government institutions that are exempt from the Compensation and Position Classification Act of 1989.

These institutions are authorized by law to adopt and implement their own compensation and position classification systems, provided that the Office of the President approves such systems.

Further, Abad said pay hikes for employees of government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs) and government financial institutions would be charged against their respective corporate funds in their approved corporate operating budgets.

The pay increase for those working for local government units will be charged against the respective local government funds, he said.

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  • XY ZEE

    Malapit na kasi ang eleksyon kaya pinapataas ang gastos.
    At yan ang totoong dahilan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1405060221 Fearless Gara

    siyempre kasam personal expenses ng mga buwayang nagtatrabaho sa gobyerno tumitira ng simple.di lng naman MGA pulitiko ang karamihan corrupt kundi mismong mga ngtatrabaho sa gobyerno,bibihira lng tlg ang matitino at may takot sa Dios at konsensya 

  • http://www.facebook.com/red.allaga Red Allaga

    Personnel services ba kamo??? 

  • wawa2172

    Thank you for the full implementation of SSL III, it was a brainchild of GMA admin to give where the credit is due and completed by Noy’s Admin. Except for me, my parents whose retiring soon and my wife are government employees. The salary increase have improved the living condition of those serving the public vis a vis the private sector. From my wife salary take home pay I noticed that her salary is just a bit lower than middle level supervisors in our company. It is lower despite her qualification as a Ph D degree holder and a professor in a state university. She loves teaching than working in industrial plants. Nonetheless, the salary increase motivated not only her but co-public servants to work hard. Saturdays for my wife is dedicated to community extension service where she tutor for ex-street childrens who are mostly elementary and high school scholars of my parents and their are about 20 students of them. I cannot be a teacher so I cannot help my wife, I just take care of the snacks of saging or camote plus juice pang tulak. Sunday is a family day so private sa amin ni misis yon. Somehow thanks to the government for taking care of the salaries of its employees. When then private sectors pirate supervisors from the rank of professionals working in the government ngayon they are able to refused kasi mas maganda ang na ang sahod. We hope that the increase will not be the end kasi depende ang gastusan sa inflation. To the Philippine government thank you sa SSL III.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFSZ7TIZZG47FYQFAZFIGYXKPM Pers

    baklitang kalbo.

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