The Negros Occidental provincial government will release the fourth tranche salary increase under the Salary Standardization Law to its about 3,000 employees next month after permission was granted by the Department of Budget and Management.
Secretary Benjamin Diokno last week finally allowed the release of the fourth tranche salary increase to employees of local government units (LGU) and government-owned and -controlled corporation (GOCC), but not for those employed by national agencies, since the 2019 national budget has yet to be approved.
The Negros Occidental provincial government is expected to start releasing the increase to its employees in February, retroactive to January, Provincial Administrator Lucille Gelvolea said.
The stalemate over the proposed P3.7-trillion national budget for 2019 caused the delay in the DBM’s granting authority to release the 4th tranche salary increase of the Negros Occidental provincial government employees, Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado said.
DBM Local Budget Circular No. 118 states that the amounts required to implement the salary adjustments of LGU personnel will be sourced exclusively from LGU funds.
The Negros Occidental provincial government has already allotted P65.5 million for the fourth tranche salary increases this year, Salado said.
“Currently we are processing the Notice of Salary Adjustments. After that, each department or office can process their salary differentials. It will all depend how fast each department or office can process their differentials.” Salado said, of the release of the salary hike.
The provincial government employees are also expected to receive their annual clothing allowance of P6,000 sometime in March, Gelvolea said.*
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