An additional Php1, 000 for government employees’ salary is being proposed in the Senate.
Senate Pro-Tempore Ralph Rector has called for floor debate for his proposed Senate Bill 807 asking for an increase in the personnel economic relief allowance (PERA).
The Bill aims to increase the eight years PERA of government employees that has remained at Php2, 000 up to Php3, 000 only.
Recto explained that rice price already reached to more than 21 percent while the government’s PERA has not increased.
Currently, the government funds Php33 billion annually from the taxes for the said allowance of employees.
But by the time the proposal will be approved, an additional of Php16.5 billion fund per year by the government will be needed.