Third tranche of pay hike for state workers due in January: Diokno

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Posted at Nov 22 2017 10:14 AM | Updated as of Nov 22 2017 11:02 AM

MANILA – The third tranche of the Salary Standardization Law, which will benefit over 1 million state workers, will be implemented as scheduled in January 2018, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said Wednesday.

Pay increases under the SSL are to be given in 4 parts annually from 2016, with the last tranche scheduled in 2019.

Once all increases under the SSL are implemented, government workers’ pay will increase by 45 percent, Diokno told reporters.

Diokno also said he expected the 2018 budget and the first package of tax reform to be signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte in December.

Disbursements in October reached P227 billion in October, up 28.2 percent from the same period in 2016. Diokno said this was the biggest monthly jump this year.

“We have done very well in terms of government disbursements this year,” he said.