Gov. Petilla assures
10% salary increase of capitol employees will be released
Media Relations Center (PMRC-Leyte)
November 7, 2007
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla assures the 10% salary
increase among the more or less 2,000 capitol employees will be
released by the provincial government.
However, the date for
the release as Gov. Petilla explained the more or less P18 million
salary differential to cover the period from July to December 2007 is
still being sourced out.
A whole year
computation would cost the province about P40 million to effect the
According to Gov.
Petilla the mandate for the salary adjustment came at a time when the
budget for the whole year 2007 has already been laid out thus the
increase was not among those included.
He further explained
that the increase is being effected mandatorily but the national
government has not spared any additional budget for it other than for
the local government unit to source it out.
As per Executive Order
signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the 10% salary increase
should take effect July 1, 2007.
The governor however
assures the increase will be given as it is mandatory but considering
the circumstances it may be released next year.
In an earlier report,
members of the Provincial Association of Government Employees (PAGE)
has voiced out their call for the release of their salary differential
the soonest possible time saying it has long been due considering the
increasing cost of living.
also sees it salary increase as something to boost their morale and
heighten their enthusiasm for public service.