LOOK: Duterte signs law granting pay hike for government workers

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Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (left) looks on as President Rodrigo Duterte (center) signs the Salary Standardization Law of 2019.
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (left) looks on as President Rodrigo Duterte (center) signs the Salary Standardization Law of 2019.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure granting wage increase for government workers.

Based on photos released by the Palace, Duterte signed the Salary Standardization Law of 2019 on Wednesday at the Malaca؜ñang.

The president was shown in the photos signing some document with his former long-time aide and now Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.

Duterte signed the bill into law a few weeks after he certified it as urgent in December 2019.

Under the new law, the salary adjustment will be given in four tranches starting January 2020 until 2023.

Upon full implementation, basic salaries of government employees will increase by a weighted average of 23.24 percent by 2023.

The largest increases range form 20 to 30 percent for workers under salary grades 10 to 15, while an eight percent raise will be given to those under salary grades 23 to 33.

The program will cover around 1.4 million state workers, including public school teachers and nurses.

The president last year vowed to increase the salary of public school teachers.

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