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Presidential Communications Operations
Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. 

(Richard V. Viñas)
Malacañang said the first tranche of the wage hike for government workers may be implemented after all despite the deadlock in the bicameral conference committee on the proposed Salary Standardization Law (SSL) 4.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said, February 12, 2016, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is now preparing its recommendations to President Aquino for the implementation of the first tranche of the salary adjustment for government employees

“According to Secretary [Florencio] Abad, the Department of Budget and Management is preparing its recommendations to the President on the possible implementation of the first tranche of salary adjustments for government employees, as provided for in the proposed SSL 4 bill,” Coloma said.

The Palace official noted that a total of P57.9-billion appropriation is included in the General Appropriations Act of 2016.

“This will fully cover the first tranche,” Coloma said.

“Moreover, the DBM will include a similar item in the proposed National Expenditure Program (NEP) for 2017, to cover the second tranche. The proposed NEP will be turned-over to the next administration,” he said.

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