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DBM RAISES SALARY GRADE OF ENTRY-LEVEL NURSES

Senator Dick Gordon welcomed the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) reversal of Circular No. 2020-4 that raises the salary grade (SG) of entry-level nurses while retaining the position titles of Nurse III to Nurse VII with their corresponding salary grades. The memorandum issued by Malacañang on June 1, 2021 increases the salary of Nurse […]

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INSTITUTIONAL COS WORKERS IN GOVT SHOULD BE PAID DURING LUZON QUARANTINE – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva has sought to clarify a portion of the guidelines covering the salary continuance for contractual workers in government which was contained in a recent circular issued by the Commission on Audit (COA) and Department of Budget and Management (DBM). Villanueva said he wrote Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado recently to request for either […]

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UPHOLD SC RULING ON HIGHER PAY FOR NURSES – GO

Senator Bong Go said he supports the Supreme Court’s (SC) ruling to uphold Section 32 of the Republic Act (RA) 9173 or the “Philippine Nursing Act of 2002” which states that “the minimum base pay of nurses working in public health institutions shall not be lower than salary grade 15.” “Importante po sa atin ang […]

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GOV’T AGENCIES SHOULD CATCH UP ON SPENDING – ANGARA

To make up for the delays in the implementation and completion of key infrastructure and social projects this year, Senator Sonny Angara urged all agencies to disburse and utilize their budgets for 2019 to achieve growth targets this year. The call is in response to the statement of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) […]

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MMDA WELCOMES HOUSE MINORITY BLOC’S PUSH TO INCREASE BUDGET – PIALAGO

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) lauded a move by the House of Representatives’ minority bloc to push for an increase in the agency’s proposed budget for 2020. “We welcome all support for the agency including the proposal to increase MMDA’s budget particularly on salaries of JO (job order) personnel,” MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said. […]

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EXPLORE OTHER WAYS IN BUILDING SCHOOL BUILDINGS – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging government to look into other ways of building classrooms and school buildings to avoid delays as he called on the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to revisit the computation for classroom requirements. “Let’s explore other modalities in constructing school buildings as the slow pace can’t keep up with the […]

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MMDA ‘MAKES HEADWAY’ IN METRO MANILA FLOOD CONTROL EFFORTS –PIALAGO

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it has exceeded its 2017 and 2018 targets to slash the number of flood affected areas in Metro Manila. MMDA spokesperson, Celine Pialago said the agency has made a “huge headway” in its flood control efforts, which led to a decrease in flooded areas to 319 hectares, surpassing […]

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FAST-TRACK FORMATION OF NEW HOUSING DEPARTMENT – TOLENTINO

Senator Francis Tolentino urged government to fast-track the formation of the new Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development (DHSUD). Tolentino, chair of the Senate urban planning, housing and resettlement committee, made the call as he led the organizational meeting of key shelter agencies to discuss policies and strategies that will help address current housing […]

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DOWNTREND IN INFLATION TO GIVE DIOKNO MORE ELBOW ROOM – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian said the continuing downtrend in the headline inflation is a welcome development as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), under the leadership of newly-appointed Governor Benjamin Diokno, will have “more elbow room” to make adjustments in the country’s policy rates to spur economic growth. Gatchalian said the country pulled a “better-than-expected” inflation […]

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SENATE PROBE ON ‘PORK PARKING’ SCAM SET IN JANUARY – VILLAR

Senator Cynthia Villar said the Senate could also hold a parallel probe on the “pork parking” scam issue, which involved billions of alleged funds insertion in the proposed 2019 budget. Villar stressed, however, that Senate would not want to preempt the outcome of the investigation being initiated by the Lower House. “We still don’t know […]