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Two solons call for pay adjustment for state workers

  • Written by Jester P. Manalastas
  • Published in Top Stories
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THE salary increase for police and soldiers will cause salary distortion in government service, with
1.2 million civilian employees on the losing end.

This is according to ACT Teachers Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro as they expressed
strong objection to the passing of a resolution allowing the increase of the base pay of military and
uniformed personnel (MUP).
    
“House Joint Resolution (HJR) 18 which the Lower House quickly approved and the Senate is
poised to also railroad will put a wide salary gap between government personnel who have similar
qualifications,” Tinio said.
    
He pointed out that civilian employees will be left far behind by their armed counterparts
although they have similar, even higher qualifications, or have spent equal, even more years in
government service.
    
Tinio is referring to public school teachers, nurses, doctors and other state workers.
    
To prevent the salary distortion, Tinio is proposing the amendment of HJR 18 to include all
government employees, civilian and MUP, and give a P3,000-increase across the board. 
    
But amending the joint resolution was quickly rejected by the sponsors during the deliberation
on the floor.
    
A candidate soldier, a trainee who is only required to have a minimum of 72 units in college
or technical and vocational course will already earn P18,587 monthly while thousands of rank-and-file
employees with Salary Grades 1-10 will get P10,510 to P18,718 in 2018. An Administrative Aide I who
possesses the same level of educational attainment as the trainee candidate soldier will receive only
P10,510.