DepEd issued the guidelines for the Implementation of the Php 5,000.00 Net Take Home Pay for all personnel for FY 2019. This issuance is relative to RA 11260 entitled An Act Appropriating Funds for the Operation of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines from January 1 to December 31, 2019 and for Other Purposes.
The Administrative Code of 1987 expressly prohibits deductions from the salaries of government employees for services rendered, unless expressly authorized by law. As an exception, General Appropriations Acts (GAAs) for previous years provided for authorized deductions from the salaries and benefits accruing to government employees, with required order of preference for deductions and limitations that deductions should not reduce the employee’s monthly net take home pay (NTHP) to an amount lower than the threshold stated therein.
Correspondingly, the Department issued guidelines for the implementation of these provisions in the respective GAAs enacted in previous years. The GAA of FY 2019 (RA 11260), incorporating the President’s Veto thereon, provides for the foregoing for the current fiscal year. However, there are notable differences from equivalent provisions in the FY 2018 GAA.
In order to implement and comply with the applicable provisions in the FY 2019 GAA and the President’s Veto Message on the subject, ensure that teachers receive the mandated minimum monthly NTHP of Php 5,000, and instill discipline in contracting financial obligations from authorized entities, these guidelines are being issued.
To facilitate adjustments in the system and ensure smooth transition, the modifications in the payroll deduction schedule will be made effective in the August 2019 payroll. This is due to administrative and logistical preparations needed, such as extensive and proper communication with all stakeholders and implementers, as well as technical modifications to be made in the payroll program.
Download the DepEd Order here.