MANILA - Majority of Cabinet officials have pledged to donate part of their salaries to fund efforts to curb the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Saturday.
In a virtual press briefing, he said Cabinet members would set aside 75 percent of their pay to add to funds to help battle the coronavirus crisis, which has so far sickened more than 3,000 people in the country and brought economic activities to a halt.
"Nais din nating ipagbigay-alam na karamihan, majority ng mga miyembro ng Gabinete ni Pangulong Duterte ay boluntaryong ibibigay ang malaking bahagi-- 75 percent ng kanilang buwanang sahod-- upang ilaan sa mga programa ng gobyerno upang sugpuin ang COVID-19 sa loob ng panahong pinapatupad ang Bayanihan Law," said Nograles, spokesperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases.
(We wish to inform everyone that majority of President [Rodrigo] Duterte's Cabinet members will voluntarily give 75 percent of their monthly salaries to help the government's programs in ending COVID-19 during the implementation of the Bayanihan Law.)
He was referring to the Bayanihan to Heal As One Law, a recently passed measure giving the President additional powers to address the unprecedented health crisis.
"Ilan sa ating mga kasamahan ay boluntaryong babawasan ang kanilang mga sahod hanggang Disyembre pa ngayong taon para sa mga programang ito," said Nograles.
(Some members will voluntarily take pay cuts until December for these programs.)
Based on their latest sworn Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) obtained by ABS-CBN News, 2 Duterte Cabinet members remained billionaires in 2018 while the rest are still multimillionaires.
The 2 richest Cabinet members -- Public Works Secretary Mark Villar and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi -- declared their net worth to be P1.408 billion and P1.39 billion, respectively, as of Dec. 31, 2018.
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez was the third richest Cabinet member in 2018, with a declared net worth of P366.78 million.
Two-thirds of the Cabinet members, or 16 out of 25, saw an increase in their net worth in 2018 compared to the year prior, while the net worth of 3 Cabinet members declined.