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The MPBF is one of the funding sources for the fourth annual salary increase this year of the more than one million government workers.
Also, Diokno had claimed that the MPBF could only cover salaries in 2018.
Earlier, Andaya said under the 2018 reenacted budget, P100 billion is allocated for salary increases under the MPBF. Congress has approved a joint resolution extending for another fiscal year the 2018 appropriations for MOOE and CO.
The senatorial candidate of the "Otso Diretso" maintained that the 2018 re-enacted budget provides for an MPBF, which can be used to fund authorized personnel and benefit items, including pay increases.
Earlier, Andaya said under the 2018 budget, there is P100 billion allocated for salary increases under the MPBF. Congress has approved a joint resolution extending for another fiscal year the 2018 appropriations for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) and Capital Outlays (CO).
" He said these sources are savings last year and the P99.4-billion miscellaneous personnel benefits fund (MPBF) in the recycled 2018 outlay.
A copy of the memorandum issued by Ochoa to Abad, dated December 29, 2015, showed that President Benigno Aquino approved the request to use savings from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefit Fund (MPBF) to augment "items of appropriation for various urgent projects." These include the construction of rural health units and village health stations and the purchase of 163 mobile dental units.
Sevilla, however, clarified that filling up the 80,000 teacher-positions will still push through even if 2019 budget was not approved, noting that there is a "special purpose fund" managed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) called the "Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF).
One of the possible sources of the funds, according to the petitioners, is the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF).
In urging the high court to grant their petition, Andaya said the P99.4 billion in the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF) in the approved national budget for 2018 may be used to finance the latest pay hike, which would only amount to P42.7 billion.
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