September 30, 2023

President Rodrigo Duterte signed a new law on Jan. 8 which seeks to give civilian government employees, including nurses and teachers in the public sector, their fifth round of salary increases.
With the signing of the measure, the minimum basic salary of a first-level (Salary grade 1) government employee will now be increased from P11,068 to P13,000.
Under the newly signed law, the increase in the salaries will be divided into four tranches, starting 2020 until 2023. A total of P34 billion was allocated in the 2020 national budget for the salary increases for the current year.
Around 1.4 million civilian personnel in the national government are set to benefit from the law.
The President signed the bill as urgent in December last year, allowing the Senate to proceed to the third and final reading of the bill right after the second reading, bypassing the rule that requires three days to pass between the second and third readings. – Press release