MANILA – For the second year in a row, president and general manager of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Robert Vergara has come up as the highest paid government official, according to a report by the Commission on Audit (COA).
COA’s 2013 Report on Salaries and Allowances (ROSA) showed that Vergara received a total of P12,088,476.14 in salaries and allowances last year.
Vergara also topped the list in 2012, taking home more than P16 million.
Second highest paid among government officials in 2013 was Land Bank of the Philippines president and chief executive officer Gilda Pico, who received a total of P10,292,930.
In 2012, Pico only earned around P3.4 million.
Third on the list was Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amanda Tetangco Jr., who took home P9,998, 692.52 in 2013. Tetangco was the highest paid official in 2011.
Three other BSP officials were also among the top 10 highest paid in 2013.
BSP deputy governor Diwa Guinigundo (8th) earned P7.58 million, while deputy governors Nestor Espenilla (9th) and Vicente Aquino (10th) received P7.50 million and P7.41 million, respectively.
The president and chief executive of Pag-IBIG Fund, Darlene Marie Berberabe, was the fourth highest paid official with P9.39 million while Angeles City Water District general manager Reynaldo Liwanag was fifth with P8.8 million.
Rounding out the top 10 were two top officials of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor), its chairman Cristino Naguiat Jr. with P8.11 million, and its president and chief operating officer Jorge V. Sarmiento with P 7.89 million.
President and chief executive of Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) Arnel Casanova was also among the highest paid government employees, ranking 11th on the list with P7.14 million.
COA’s 2013 ROSA listed principal officers and members of governing boards of government-owned and/or controlled corporations and of their subsidiaries and by secretaries, undersecretaries, assistant secretaries and other officials of equivalent rank of national government agencies who received salaries and allowances in fiscal year 2013.