Salaries of job order employees of the Dumaguete City government will also be increased in three months, Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria said.
Sagarbarria has recommended an increase of P20 from the present rate of city hall job orders from P200 to P220 per day.
Sagarbarria was reacting to what he claimed was an erroneous publication (not in this paper) of his new rate, and those of the vice mayor, city councilors and all regular employees of the city government.
He said the increase is mandated by law and depends on the availability of funds. This had been implemented in the last three years on a staggered basis, and the last tranche will be next year, when the city government is expected to allocate another P28 million.
For this year, the city appropriated P24 million for the increase of salaries of regular employees, including those of the mayor, vice mayor and city councilors.
About 600 plantilla workers and about 900 job order employees are hoping to also be given an increase as they also serve the public like regular employees.
It was clarified that casual plantilla workers and job order employees are not included in the salary standardization law, but will be given an increase by the city government, depending on the availability of funds.
City administrator William Ablong said he believes that the biggest violators of labor laws are local government units, because they are paying their job order and casual employees way below the minimum wage prescribed by government itself.
In Dumaguete, the minimum wage is P256 per day.*JG
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