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New Salary Increase for Government Employees to be Implemented

A new compensation scheme for government workers in the Philippines, otherwise known as the Salary Standardization Law III, will be put into effect. Salient provisions are described in this article.

[Proceed to the bottom of this article for the 2010 and 2011 salary increase update]

I just heard through the grapevine that the proposed Salary Standardization Law III, was signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo last June 17, 2009. It provided for a substantial increase in the salary of government employees in the Philippines. Being a government employee myself, I wanted to know more about it.  I surfed the web and came up with the following information:

Description of the Law and Beneficiaries

The newly enacted law came through the Senate and the House of Representatives as Joint Resolution No. 36. It is also referred to as Congressional Joint Resolution No. 4, Salary Standardization Law III, or SSL3. Its principal author is Sen. Edgardo Angara, and his co-author is Richard Gordon. Specifically,  the law is described as a “Joint Resolution authorizing the President of the Philippines to modify the Compensation and Position Classification System of Civilian Personnel and the Base Pay Schedule of Military and Uniformed Personnel in the Government, and for other purposes.” The law will be implemented from July 1, 2009 to 2013, and will benefit about 1.145 million government employees of which 854, 842 of them are in the civil service and 290, 877 personnel are in the military service. The salary increases will take effect on July 1, 2009 for national government entities and on Jan. 1, 2010 for local government units.

The increase in salary among government employees will be subdivided into four yearly tranches, which means a fourth will be received annually. The total package allocated for the salary increase is P20 billion (US$428.68 million) from the proposed P1.4 trillion ($30.07 billion at the September 19 exchange rate of $1:P46.56 in 2008) national budget for 2009.

Some Provisions of SSL3

Under the SSL3, those under the Sub-Professional level (Salary Grades 1-9) will receive 28% to 36% increase, those in the Professional level (Salary Grades 10-24) will receive 38% to 100% increase, and those in the Executive category will receive 71%-142% increase. A new teacher’s entry-level status, for example, is at salary grade 11  which is P18, 549. Considering that this will be implemented in four yearly tranches, this will mean an increase of P1,630.75 annually or an additional P6,523 increase in four years. A teacher who has a specialization in Science or Math will be granted a salary three steps higher in his or her assigned salary grade.

Other details on SSL3 that I gleaned from other sources are the following:

  • the starting pay of a nurse is at Salary Grade 11, equivalent to P18,088 per month;
  • Salary Grade 1 is at P9,000 or an increase of P2,851 or a 46% hike from the current P6,149;
  • Barangay Councilors will be placed at Salary Grade 10;
  • an Armed Forces of the Philippines sergeant at SG 11;
  • barangay councilors and chairmen at SG 10 and 14 respectively;
  • the President at P120,000 or an increase P50, 122; a 71.7% hike from the P69, 878 that the president currently receives;
  • Medical Officers I (doctors) and Legal Officers I (lawyers) will have an increase by 79.2 percent from P15,181 to P27,198. Their grade levels will be upgraded from SG 14 to SG 16;
  • utility workers and those who are in clerical positions will, on the average, receive a thirty percent salary increase; and
  • directors and assistant secretaries will be at P68,428 and P73,903, respectively.

Further, the specific salary grade and compensation to personnel of Armed Forces of the Philippines of the Department of National Defense, Philippine National Police under the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Philippine Coast Guard are specifically provided for, while the specific salary grade classification of civilian personnel will be arbitrarily decided upon by the Department of Budget and Management.

Also, the application of salary increase among employees of local government units is non-automatic. This means that classifications will depend on income, class and financial capability of the area concerned. This means about 65 to 75 percent of the proposed hikes for sixth class municipalities. In addition, employees of Government Owned and Controlled Corporations, Government Financial Institutions and State Universities and Colleges with their own charter are exempted from Joint Resolution No. 36 under Committee Report 1992 or SSL3 even if their rates are lower than that provided for in the SSL3.

Although there are many criticisms about the salary increase, I would say that the government did something significant to uplift the living conditions of its workers despite the worldwide economic slowdown. And for that, I salute all those who contributed and did their best to pass the law.


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  1. Judy Sheldon

    On June 22, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Fair wages should be provided for all workers.

  2. Imelda M. Obidos

    On July 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I am an employee of an LGU and am so happy with this salary increase but I am just wondering why this Joint Resolution specifies that LGU employees will have their salary increases effective January 1, 2010 while those in the national government will have their salary increases effective July 1, 2009. Are we not all government employees?

  3. Patrick Regoniel

    On July 3, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Hi Imee, the discrepancy in implementation could be due to different sources of funds to implement the salary increase. Funds to be used for national government workers will be charged against specific allocations under the 2009 Appropriations Act, while those for local government workers will be sourced from their respective local funds, based on their income class and subject to limitations on personnel services as provided under the Local Government Code (see

  4. Marcial Mel

    On July 5, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Hi. Do you have a copy of the different salary grades with their step increments based on the new standardization law?

  5. Patrick Regoniel

    On July 5, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Hi Marcial,

    After surfing the web for some time, I was able to find EO 811 adopting the first tranche of the modified salary schedule to be implemented on July 1, 2009. To get details on the salary grades and the corresponding pay, you may copy and paste (or type) the following address into your browser then strike enter:

    Enjoy browsing.

  6. OhSugar

    On July 8, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Interesting and informative article. I enjoyed reading it.

  7. dax job order boy

    On July 8, 2009 at 3:18 am

    does this include “job orders”?

  8. Patrick Regoniel

    On July 8, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Hello Dax,
    I regret to tell you that “job orders” are excluded from the coverage of the law as provided for in Section 2 (a)(i) of RA 811.

  9. margs

    On July 16, 2009 at 1:46 am

    my husband is a Technical Sargent in Phil. Army. i would like to know how much his gross income considering that there is a increase in all gov. employee?

  10. Patrick Regoniel

    On July 16, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Hi Margs,

    Based on the new law, EO 811, a TSgt’s base pay is P14,540. Of course, there will be additional standard pay for the military like hazard pay as provided for in EOs 611, 10% increase of base pay as provided for in EO 719, among others.

  11. JEREMY

    On August 2, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Bakit ganoon ang increases? Bakit mas malaki sa mga mas malalaki ang sweldo? Dapat across the board na lang. Pag pupunta ba ang isang tao sa gas station pwede ba nyang sabihin na dapat mas mura ang benta nyo sa akin kasi mas mababa ang increase ko? Anong utak ba meron itong mga gumawa ng increase na ito? Bias masyado \’to. Kawawa ang mga nasa mababang salary grades. Sen. Angara and Sen. Gordon, ano po ba ang explanation ng bill nyo para sa amin na nasa mababang salary grades. UNFAIR!!!

  12. uno

    On August 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Does anyone knows the salary of a 2nd Lieutenant working for armed forces of the philippines?

  13. Patrick Regoniel

    On August 13, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Dear Uno, please see my comment dated July 5 above and click the address that will bring you to EO 811 to see the rates.

  14. julieta

    On August 21, 2009 at 5:49 am

    Please give me your positive and negative opinion on the salary standardization law 3 because it confused me for it looks unfair to people who have low income when the price of commodities have already increased.what suggestion could you give to be implemented for the benefit of the next generation?please answer

  15. Patrick Regoniel

    On August 22, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Hello Julie, I already gave some opinions above. Regarding the rates, I believe it is just rational because giving higher percentages to higher positions will encourage those below to seek higher positions and improve on their skills and knowledge. For teachers, for example, this will motivate them (who are mainly graduates of 4-year courses) to take up masteral courses and upgrade their teaching skills which will boil down to improved quality of education in the country. Masteral graduates are given higher salary grades. It will also enable them to conduct research along their respective fields and enrich the body of knowledge and provide us innovative solutions to our education-related problems. Publications will also give additional points as basis for salary upgrade. In the long run these activities will benefit the country as a whole.

  16. eenskie

    On August 27, 2009 at 4:02 am

    i am not convinced that is justified to give higher rates of increase to those in the higher salary levels. even those in the lower salary levels are also giving their own contribution to public service. it would be fairer to just give a uniform rate (not amount, but rate!) of increase to all employees. like 50% increase for every body. although those in the higher salary levels will still get a higher amount of increase since their salaries are higher, at least, the rate of increase for all salary levels is the same. i think that’s what i would consider as FAIR.

  17. Liza

    On September 24, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Hi! Just want to know, how to avail the three step higher salary increase for math and science teacher. I am so eager to avail it. Tanx

  18. Patrick Regoniel

    On September 24, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Hello Liza, your Human Resource Management Officer can help you avail of the increase upon review of your qualifications. Approach your HRMO and inquire about your status.

  19. ann

    On December 17, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Hi sir Patrick! I just want to know if when will be the implementation of the said 3 steps higher salary increase to math and science teachers.

  20. Patrick Regoniel

    On December 17, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Hello Ann, if you have read EO 811, Section 6, there is no specific provision yet on the 3 step increase of Math and Science teachers. The Department of Budget and Management and the Civil Service Commission have to meet yet to review the other levels and other classes of positions to determine the appropriate levels and to allocate them to their proper salary grades. This will probably take effect in the next tranche.

  21. nash has

    On December 18, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I\’m so happy the new law regarding the salary increasing of the government signed by the madam president Gloria M Arroyo president of the republic of the Philippine.

  22. mars

    On February 9, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I am an employee in the LGU as one of the rank and files, the salary increase on the recent law is very unconscionable for those who are not head of offices. Why not give an increase which would uplift the needs of all the employees in the government service? It is not only the head of office who works and who have families to support with. The authors and the congress were not considering the fact that there are many rank and file employees who suffered lower salary rates. Mr. Angara and Mr Gordon you cannot count the support of the rank and files. We will not support you anymore! You just made this law for your own benefit. Hope you can sleep at night! You’re so Unfair ! There are many families even government employees who are starving as of this time.. Bias Kayo!

  23. Tabith

    On February 9, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I am an employee of MAO, LGU,Bilar. Nagalit ako sa resulta sa dagdag sahud sa mga head of office. Imagine 75% samantala sa amin 10%. Bakit ganon, hindi ba kami kakain tulad ninyo?Kung kami ay bibili sa palingki or sa mall or mas mababa ba ang presyo sa amin kay sa mga head of office kaya mas malaki ang increased sa kanila kay sa amin? Ang gasolina kung kami ang bibili mas mababa ba kay sa kanila? Sen. Angara at Sen. Gorgon hindi kayo dapat manalo sa darating na election, hindi kayo marunong tumanaw sa mga tulad namin na mga ordinaryong empliado. Remember mas marami ang botante na mga rank and files kay sa mga head of office.

  24. Allen

    On March 12, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Unfair talaga ang increase ngayun. Isa ako sa rank and file and siguro sa whole government workforce mga 60-75% yata ang rank and file.Bakit ba maliit lang ang increase sa rnak and file samantalang sa mataas na position lalong lumaki ang sahod dahil sa percentage of increase nila. UNFAIR ata yun pareha lang tayo naghihirap ngayun a, at saka sa amin din tinatambak ang trabaho sa mga higher ranking officials namin. yung gumawa nang law na ito WAKE UP ibukas mo mata mo kung sino ang mas kailangan nang increase.

  25. mark

    On April 12, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    hi everyone, nasa rank and file din po ako at unfair talaga yung increase kasi kun sa trabaho rank and file din yung gumagawa at signature lang ng head of office ang binibigyan ng malaking increase. sabi nila yung increase parang triangle yun, yung nasa taas malaki yung slice ng increase kasi kakaunti lang cla habang yung nasa ilalim maraming slices yun kaya medyo maliit na yung slice ng bawat isa depend kun nasaan kang level ng triangle.

  26. JOJO

    On May 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

    im working po sa lgu mron po ako elegibility sub prof ano po ba equivalent ng salary grade 9

  27. zhentian

    On May 29, 2010 at 11:33 am

    @JoJo: SG 9 STEP 1 has a basic pay of 12,469.00 or 149,628.00 per annum.

  28. Mr. Ariel De Guzman Paran

    On June 3, 2010 at 2:19 am

    This is just to make a decent reaction about the SSL3. I wonder why only the Science and Mathematics teachers will be entitled to a three-step increase in Salary Grade in the salary standardization law, considering that both subjects use English as the Primary medium of instruction.

  29. Mr. Ariel De Guzman Paran

    On June 3, 2010 at 2:26 am

    In connection with my previous reaction posted a couple of minutes ago, I also would like to emphasize that Teachers in English subjects do exert equal efforts and sacrifices like the Science and Mathematics teachers. What then makes the English Teachers different from the Science and Mathematics teachers that the latter deserve better treatment than that of the former.

  30. Mr. Ariel De Guzman Paran

    On June 3, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Similarly, those who specialized in English had just undergone the same rigorous trainings like those who specialized in Science and Math.

  31. rolly

    On June 3, 2010 at 4:02 am


    meron naba tayo table of second tranche of the modified salary schedule this july 2010. thanks

  32. Patrick Regoniel

    On June 3, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Hello Rolly, I am aware the second tranche will be given this July 2010 but I have not seen the salary schedule yet. President Arroyo assured that in her speech at this URL:
    It will come; just be patient. I will post an update article once it’s available.

  33. Patrick Regoniel

    On June 10, 2010 at 4:24 am

    I provide an update on the status of implementation of the second tranche here:

  34. MARCO

    On June 17, 2010 at 10:02 am

    The MalacaƱang press report disclosed that the salary increases will be given in four yearly tranches until 2013. >>>> Why 2013? I thought it will only be 2012 because the 1st tranche already started last year. why 2013?????? Or is it because of the LGU started only last January 2010 and their 4th tranche will be January 2013, while the national will be on July 2012.

  35. Patrick Regoniel

    On June 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    You’re right Marco. That should be 2012, not 2013. But of course if the last release is in 2012, it will go through 2013 because the first tranche started out in July 2009, not January. And of course, the LGUs as you mentioned will have similar four releases.

  36. faustus

    On June 21, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    wala pa ba yung bagong salary schedule? 8 days na lang july na.. kelan nila ilalabas yun?

  37. Patrick Regoniel

    On July 4, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    You can read the new update on the salary increase for 2010 in this url:

  38. IRIBUZ

    On August 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm


  39. danieloponce

    On September 12, 2010 at 6:45 am

    sir, ano po kaya magiging salary grade ko if matuloy ako sa city of manila,.. board passer po ako,, certified public accountant with experience sa audit,, may mga benefits po kaya or allowances,bonuses and the like na matatanggap ako? tnx.. godbless!

  40. Maritess Mercado

    On December 4, 2010 at 3:39 am

    bakit po ganon di fair ang pagbibigay ng increase sa mga LGU employees, sa mga department heads malalaki, sa mga ordinary employees wala pa 25% at meron pang wala natanggap kesyo may hazard na dw kaya d sila binigyan increase un ang katwiran ng budget officer eh sa 2 times na ganito pangyayari di po ba sobra unfair nito eh samantala pare-pareho naman employee. d po ba dapat imbestigahan ang ganito pangyayari? May ginagawa po yata milagro sa kaban ng bayan ang budget officer lagi kasi wala budget. D naman kapani-paniwala kasi first class municipality sa province at tourist destination pa.

  41. Jake Bacani

    On January 14, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Why is it that JOB ORDER employees doesn\’t deserve to receive benefits just like the permament employees. Since Job Order employees worked hard just like permanent employees and they have more loads.

  42. weng

    On May 4, 2011 at 2:35 am

    I would like to react on Sir Patrick’s statement about the salary difference between rank and file employees and those occupying higher positions. I agree to your example about the teachers seeking promotions through improving themselves thru further education, research works, etc. In universities this is taken cared of by their NBC evaluation and promotion system. But this is not true with the administrative sector. They get promoted when somebody retires, and in an unfortunate situation where almost everyone in the office is young, promotion would take forever if it will ever come. This is where the SSL is unfair. I understand that the government cannot afford to give a bigger salary increase to the rank and file employees because it occupies a bigger number, but it would have been consoling on their part if the salary increase did not give so much gap when compared to higher ranking officials. The heartaches are revived again with the implementation of the 2nd tranche… Just the same, in everything, give thanks…

  43. katchatore

    On September 12, 2011 at 5:24 am

    mga sir.. ask ko lng wer can i find the salary grade of a radiologic tech 1?? mkhang outdated n salary nmen d2.. tnx

  44. lhemz marquez

    On January 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    P1,630.75 per tranche? you can say that again… iba ang nangyayari sa balita

  45. rory

    On January 31, 2012 at 2:30 am

    you know i dont think this law will encourage those in the rank and file to study further , take post graduate studies and aim to become division chiefs, there are lots of factors to be considered, especially in the LGU, if you have the political backing eventhoug you dont hve doctorate as long as you met the minimum requirements of the QS of the CSC, you can be appointed. so kahit walang leadeship qualities at nag mamarunong lang, pwede ng maapoint sa division chief basta malapit sa appointing authority at nakmet sa pinaka minimum na requiremnt. the lawmakers should revise insted the QS kung gusto nila ng excellence sa govt service.

  46. ian

    On March 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Is really true that in july this year, 16thou basic salary of a teacher will be increased to 24thou? tnx

  47. thea09

    On May 4, 2012 at 10:22 am

    do you guys know where to browse salary grades with their corresponding pays? i would really appreciate any help. thanks.

  48. Jun

    On May 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Sir, makapasok ako sa city hall of davao, magkano po ang sweldo ng salary grade 11?

  49. Alex

    On February 19, 2013 at 8:17 am

    May I give my opinion more particularly dun sa kay Mark na unfair daw ang pasahod sa Head of Office as compared to rank-and-file at dun din sa kung bakit ang JO\’s do not deserve to have benefits as enjoyed by permanent employees.
    Sa una, rank-and-file daw ang gumawa at signature lang ang sa head. Kahit ako di nakagradwet hindi ako sang-ayon dun na tagapirma lang ang head at mas malaki pa ang pasahod. May tinatawag tayo na command responsibility at ang head ang siyang utak sa pagpatakbo ng ofis at shock absorber pa man din kung may mga kapalpakan ng mga tao nya. Di ibayong hirap sa pag-aaral ang dinaanan ng mga supervisory or managerial employees. Sa mga JO\’s tiis lang muna. Mag-aral ng maigi upang marating rin ang tugatog na tinatamasa ng kinaiinggitan mo ngayon… Di ba?….Good luck!

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