MANILA - The possible delay in the passage of the 2019 national budget will not affect scheduled salary increases for government employees and uniformed personnel, a lawmaker said Saturday.
House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya explained that a total of P121.7 billion has been earmarked for pay hikes next year and noted that any delay in passing the national budget would not have any effect on the disbursement.
"It will go on as programmed, even in the event of a slight delay in the signing into law of the 2019 budget. The increase will be included in the first paycheck of the year which will be released on January 15," he said in a statement.
Of the P121.7 billion, Andaya said P51.7 billion is allotted for pay hikes of civilian employees, while P70 billion covers salary increases of uniformed personnel such as soldiers and police officers.
"Fake news ang chismis na nakasalalay sa budget ang naka-programang pagtaas ng suweldo ng mga kawani ng gobyerno sa susunod na taon," he added.
(Rumors that the pay hike for government employees for next year are dependent on the passage of the national budget are fake news.)
Andaya's statement comes amid concerns that the implementation of the 2018 national budget may be extended until the first quarter of 2019.
This as the House of Representatives passed the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget only this week, leaving the Senate about two weeks to review it before Congress goes on Christmas break.
Earlier this week, Senate President Vicente Sotto III underlined his chamber's stand not to allow the hasty passage of the proposed 2019 national budget.
“We have to scrutinize. It's the people’s money. We cannot be complacent or reckless on its passage. It's not our fault if we suffer a reenacted budget,” he said.