DBM told to answer suit on delayed pay hike for state workers

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The Supreme Court directed the Department of Budget and Management to comment on a petition compelling Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to release the fourth tranche of salary increase for government workers under the Salary Standardization Law.

The order to file a comment was reached during the SC en banc hearing on Tuesday, a source disclosed.

In a 20-page petition, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya along with 50 other petitioners disclosed the DBM and Diokno neglected their ministerial duty to release funds and benefits provided under Executive Order 201.

EO 201 was signed by former president Benigno Aquino III in 2016 to implement the fourth tranche of salary increase for state workers.

Diokno bared the government could not release the fourth tranche of salary adjustments due to the delayed congressional approval of the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget.

But Andaya argued that there was no basis for the delay in the release of the funds as there are available alternative sources of funds, including the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Funds (MPBF) and the savings generated from the reenacted 2018 General Appropriations Act.

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