My pay slip

Ever wonder how much elected city councilors make?

These are the entries in my pay slip for this month:

Earnings – Monthly Salary P25,764.00; Personal Emergency Relief Allowance (PERA) P0.00; Additional Compensation P1,500 – Total P27,264

Deductions – GSIS Life & Retirement Insurance P2,318.76; Home Development Mutual Fund Premium P100.00; Medicare P312.50; Withholding Tax P3,836.60; PAG-IBIG Loan P617.46 – Total P7,185.32

Net Pay – 1st Week P5,019.00; 2nd Week P5,019.00; 3rd Week P5,019; 4th Week P5,021.68 – Total P20,078.68

Not much huh? This should belie popular perception that politicians make a killing such that many poor people line up at our offices and homes for financial aid.

Ha, ha, ha. At P20,000 a month, councilors are in fact receiving lower than the ideal living wage of at least P1,000 per day for a family of six.

This pay slip was released last July 1 or prior to the effectivity of the new law exempting minimum wage earners from income taxes and increasing the personal exemptions and additional deductions on those earning higher income.

So, employers need to adjust their computations on all their employees to comply with this new law on withheld taxes. Mine is P3,836.60 a month. I am a public servant and yet the government takes away from me this much per month.

It is estimated that this non-wage benefit would add at least P34 per day to the take home pay of minimum wage earners. Unfortunately, the galloping inflation rate has eroded the same before workers could enjoy this benefit. Inflation in June was recorded at 11.4 percent, the highest since 1994.

6:15 a.m.

5 Responses to “My pay slip”

  1. Meg Says:

    Hello! I was surprised I stumbled upon a blogger who is a politician. By the way, I used to work for a city councilor, too, as his Legislative Staff Officer. I didn’t know you guys make that much money. This is actually a very nice and informative local blog. I think I will be frequenting this site.

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  3. Yvon Thea Says:

    Do you consider yourself underpaid? With such a small earning, bakit marami pa ring gustong pumasok sa politics? Just asking…

  4. ajimeatworld Says:

    Hello Sir Pete, napadaan lang…bahala na low pay slip Sir, you are doing great and genuine service naman to Davao, it’s all the matters…(money is not the reason naman for some people to run for office)

  5. Raffy Says:

    Hi Peter, kamusta na? sorry for the late reply to this “pay slip” posting, but I truly admire you for it. Did any of the local or national dalies pick this story up? I would like to think it will be an eye-opener for a lot of people. Just a suggestion if you don’t mind, in the spirit of transparency, maybe you can expound more on how the local legislators fund the incidental expenses that come with initiating programs. An example would be, let say if you are conducting an urgent seminar on health care for barangay captains in your own district, assuming this was organized with no direct budget allocations, how will you deal with the expenses? sorry for my being naive.

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