Se­na­tor: Don’t de­lay salary in­crease of gov’t work­ers, pub­lic school teach­ers

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

The govern­ment should not de­lay the sched­uled salary in­crease of its work­ers, es­pe­cially pub­lic school teach­ers, as it could help them cope with the pre­vail­ing high prices of food and other goods, ac­cord­ing to Se­na­tor Bam Aquino.

“In the midst of soar­ing prices, the salary in­crease of govern­ment work­ers and pub­lic school teach­ers should not be de­layed,” said Aquino, re­fer­ring to the sched­uled re­lease of the fourth tranche of the Salary Stan­dard­iza­tion Law in Jan­uary 2019.

Aquino pointed out that the De­part­ment of Budget and Man­age­ment (DBM) could uti­lize the Mis­cel­la­neous Per­son­nel Ben­e­fits Fund (MPBF) to en­sure that govern­ment em­ploy­ees re­ceive their salary in­crease on time.

“Let us not deprive them of the as­sis­tance they have long waited for,” Aquino stressed.

Dur­ing his term as chair­man of the Com­mit­tee on Education, Aquino worked for the en­act­ment of the Univer­sal Ac­cess to Qual­ity Ter­tiary Education Act as the law’s prin­ci­pal spon­sor.

He is also push­ing for the pas­sage of the Bawas Presyo sa Petrolyo Bill that he filed in May 2018 to help ad­dress the high prices of food and other goods.

The mea­sure aims to fix the TRAIN Law by en­sur­ing the sus­pen­sion and roll­back of ex­cise tax on fuel once the coun­try’s inflation rate ex­ceeds the govern­ment’s tar­get for three straight months. (Press Re­lease)

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