Gov’t budget increases for personnel salaries

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Some 25,000 new hires, mostly Department of Education staff and policemen, helped push government spending on salaries and benefits by 14 percent year on year to reach P84.5 billion in the first two months of 2013.

According to the Department of Budget and Management, the DepEd hired 21,110 teaching and non-teaching employees while there were 3,000 inductees to the police force, ranked Police Officer I.

Other new hires included 500 jail officers and 500 firemen, both groups under the Department of Interior and Local Government.

DBM data also showed that spending on personnel services increased because of the fourth tranche of the Salary Standardization Law III as well as bigger payouts for retirement gratuity and terminal leave benefits.

The surge in this expense was observed amid a 14-percent jump in overall expenditures for January and February, which reached P282 billion.

In other expense items, disbursements for infrastructure and other capital outlays during the two months increased by 40.8 percent while those for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) jumped by 40.5 percent.

The increase in MOOE was attributed mainly to the continued implementation of key social service programs like the conditional cash transfer program under the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad reiterated that higher expenditure levels resulted from budgetary reforms that the Aquino administration is continuously implementing.

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  • prime star

    Jamby Madrigal wants to establish a bank or zero-interest lending fund specially for teachers. Maganda di ba?

    • parefrank

      Really funny. Those who have stable, comfortable and secured jobs, with the highest salariesperks, , benefits and most paid off days, the gov. emp;oyees, should also get interest free loans? While much harder working private employees wit 5 times less income have to go tomoney lenders who charge 50% and more per year?
      With 8400 million in two months and reported about 1,2 million gov, people, it makes about 35000 Peso as averafe income, not counted the big yearend bnonuses, cash gifts and additional salaries. How many million common Filipinos have that, or even less, as their income of the whole year? Pro poor policy?

  • astha tingcanga

    Jamby wants to raise the monthly salaries of public school teachers by PHP 9,000 to Salary Grade 13, to be implemented in 3 years, or by PHP 3,000 immediately.

    • prime star

      Jamby Madrigal wants also to raise monthly salaries of government employees
      immediately by PHP 3,000. Ibalik na natin si Jamby sa Senado.

  • quinnie pelasco

    Jamby also wants toenhance the occupational health and well-being of teachers by reducing the student-teacher ratio, enacting and regulations work standards that disallow
    work overload.

    • frendalyn Pausal

      May malasakit pala sa workers si Jamby Madrigal kaya she will provide adequate
      unemployment insurance and higher severance pay to employees retrenched.

  • josephacheng

    We need more teachers. Pay them more so that the job is more attractive.
    In any case, additional income and expenditures by the teachers will be taxed (income tax / VAT) while increasing GDP.

    • parefrank

      Looks like you are a techer? I think a job with all the benefits of being a gov. employee, plus a salary which is much, much higher than that of 80% of parents, it should be attractiv enough. The more if you compare that here in RP teachers have near double weekly hours for teaching than, for example, in Europe, where during the first 8 years classes are only morning, 4 or 5 hours. And still the student’s knowledge at the end is better and more advanced than in RP because of concentrated teaching with much less matters that have little or nothing to do with real important learning..

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