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Ba’t yung may baril lang? Drilon: All gov’t workers deserve pay hike

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Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday raised the need to review the current pay structure in the government sector to avoid the “demoralization” among civilian employees.

He made the remark amid the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte for the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to find ways to increase the salary for teachers.

However, the opposition leader said that the President’s directive should cover all the positions in the government.

“It is important that a review of the compensation package for the civilian personnel is undertaken in order to avoid wage distortion and inequality and make the salary of government professionals at par with their counterparts in the military and the police,” Drilon said.

“Today a teacher 1 receives P21,000 while a policeman receives P40,000. Shouldn’t the teacher, shouldn’t the health worker, shouldn’t the entry-level lawyer in the Department of Justice be the same with everybody?” he said.

Drilon said that a review of the current government salary structure is made necessary by the increase in the basic salary of the military and non-uniformed personnel (MUP).