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Duterte orders funding for salary hike of gov’t workers

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte. | ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the implementation of the fourth tranche salary hike for civilians, military, and uniformed personnel amid 2019 National Budget impasse.

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Based on Executive Order (EO) no. 76, signed on March 15, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is tasked to identify funding source from the 2018 reenacted budget.

“There is a need to identify an appropriate funding source to cover the requirements for the implementation of the fourth tranche compensation adjustment for civilian government personnel scheduled in 2019 under EO No. 201,” according to the EO

The DBM previously recommended the amendment of EO no. 201 in order to provide the salary hike for government workers.

EO no. 201, signed by former president Benigno Aquino, has scheduled the implementation of the fourth tranche salary hike by January this year. —Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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Duterte approves ‘in principle’ EO on water security

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the draft of an Executive Order (EO) that will hopefully address water supply issues in the country, a Cabinet official said on Monday.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the EO, which will provide a master plan for water security, was approved “in principle” during the last Cabinet meeting.

“The draft has been given to the Office of the Executive Secretary already for vetting. So finalization na lang ‘yun ng draft, pipirmahan na lang ‘yun ng Pangulo,” Nograles said.

The EO mandates the reconstitution of the National Water Resources Board into a body that will manage the integration and coordination of government efforts in planning and implementing programs involving water.

The body is mandated to create a master plan on national water management composed of relevant and existing plans of agencies involved in the integrated water resource management (IWRM).

The EO will also seek a review of government agreements with water concessionaires.

The drafting of the EO came after a water shortage hit thousands of households being serviced by the Manila Water Company in eastern Metro Manila and Rizal province in March.

READ: Malacañang to release executive order to address water shortage

Nograles earlier said that before water interruptions gripped parts of Metro Manila, the government had already been working on the order to resolve water-related issues.

He said the inter-agency efforts were prompted by water management issues that were flagged in the 2017-2022 Philippine Development Plan (PDP).

The issues include limited implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in many of the country’s river basins and watersheds, which results in the resources’ sub-optimal use and wastage; uncoordinated plans and programs and access to safe water supplies due to the uneven distribution of freshwater sources.

Nograles also mentioned the lack of updated and consolidated data on water resource availability, water stress levels, over/underutilization of resources, groundwater pollution, land subsidence and saltwater intrusion.

At least 32 agencies are involved in the water sector, with different offices involved in the various aspects of IWRM. – Robie de Guzman

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Gov’t officials, workers get salary increase today

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Government employees and officials are expected to get their salary increase for three months on Friday (March 29).

Department of Budget and Management (DBM) officer-in-charge Janet Abuel, through National Budget Circular no. 575, announced the “implementation of the fourth-tranche compensation adjustment for civilian personnel in the national government.”

Abuel emphasized in her circular that government agencies are directed to use “any available appropriations under the 2018 General Appropriations Act, as reenacted” for the increase” as mandated under Executive Order 76 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on March 15.

With the new salary adjustment, President Duterte is expected to receive a total of P399,739 monthly salary from P298,083 last year.

Vice President Leni Robredo, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin will receive a maximum monthly salary of P353,470 this year, an increase by more than P88,000 from P264,721 last year.

Cabinet members, other officials with Cabinet rank, senators and congressmen, meanwhile, will receive a P72,000 increase. Their monthly pay will now be P292.191 from last year’s P223,590.

Teachers and nurses will now get P22,829 adjusted pay rate for earnings ranging from P20,179 to P22,055 last year.

On January 15, 2018, the military and uniformed personnel received their salary increase as part of President Duterte’s promise since he took over as president in 2016. – Marje Pelayo



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New EO bans travel junkets for gov’t officials, employees

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines –  President Rodrigo Duterte has banned government officials and employees from travel junkets and team-building activities outside of the country.

Section 19 of the Executive Order No. 77 signed on March 15 states that: “All forms of travel junkets shall be strictly prohibited. The conduct of strategic planning workshops or team building activities abroad shall not be allowed.”

The order was released to the members of the press on Friday (March 22).

The President also emphasized in the EO that “the taking of a personal leave immediately before or after the official activity is highly discouraged” and “if travel circumstances, such as the nature of activity, purpose and itinerary, indicate that the trip is mainly intended for personal purposes, no part thereof shall be considered official.”

The order also required all Cabinet secretaries, chairpersons and board members of Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCC), and heads of national government agencies to get the President’s approval for their official travels abroad. – Marje Pelayo

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