Image from Miguel Zubiri’s Facebook page.

Senate employees will be enjoying an increase in their inflationary aid after Senate president Juan Miguel Zubiri authorized the adjustment from P12,200 to P50,000.

If the employee’s basic monthly salary is higher, that person will get the amount equivalent to the monthly pay, instead of P50,000. 

“To help you all deal with your daily expenses, we have improved the inflationary adjustment assistance. Tumaas ang inflation. Dapat itaas din natin ang assistance,” Zubiri said during the Senate’s flag raising ceremony.

“Kaya mula P12,200, gagawin natin itong P50,000 or your basic monthly salary, whichever is higher. Basta guaranteed na po ang P50,000 diyan and you can expect this in August,” he added. 

All 3,000 Senate employees will get the one-time inflationary assistance.

Moreover, the medical assistance for employees of the upper chamber was also adjusted from P30,000 to P50,000.

Zubiri explained that the said incentives came from the Senate’s savings.

“Ang pakiusap ko nga kanina na sana we spend less on paper, we spend less on overtime para maibalik din sa mga empleyado itong savings na natatanggap namin in terms of incentives and bonuses para ganun ay napakaganda ng trabaho ng ating empleyado at nakikita n’yo naman highly motivated sila,” the Senate President said after the flag raising ceremony.

The senate leader stressed that he is supporting plans to increase workers’ minimum wage.

“Ako ay sumusuporta sa planong itaas ang minimum wage. The minimum wage is not necessarily a living wage. Ang living wage po natin ngayon ay mataas sa minimum wage,” he said.

Ronald Espartinez