The government should not delay the scheduled salary increase of its workers, especially public school teachers, as it could help them cope with the prevailing high prices of food and other goods, according to Sen. Bam Aquino.
“Sa gitna ng pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin, hindi dapat mabinbin ang umento sa sweldo ng mga empleyado ng pamahalaan, lalo na ng ating public school teachers,” said Sen. Bam, referring to the scheduled release of the fourth tranche of the Salary Standardization Law in January 2019.
“Sa panahon ngayon kailangang kailangan ng mga guro natin ang ayuda para makaagapay sa hirap ng buhay,” added Sen. Bam, vice chairman of the Committee on Education.
Sen. Bam pointed out that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) could utilize the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF) to ensure that government employees receive their salary increase on time.
“Huwag naman sanang ipagkait sa mga empleyado ng pamahalaan at sa mga guro itong agarang ayuda na matagal na nilang hinihiling at hinihintay,” Sen. Bam stressed.
During his term as chairman of the Committee on Education, Sen. Bam worked for the enactment of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act as the law’s principal sponsor.
Sen. Bam is also pushing for the passage of the Bawas Presyo sa Petrolyo Bill that he filed in May 2018 to help address the high prices of food and other goods.
The measure aims to fix the TRAIN Law by ensuring the suspension and rollback of excise tax on fuel once the country’s inflation rate exceeds the government’s target for three straight months.