Calida is now the second highest paid government official

For 2019, the Solicitor General earns a total of P16.9 million mainly from additional compensation and fees. He is the first Solicitor General in years to top the list.

Solicitor General Jose Calida is now the 2nd highest-paid government official, earning a total of 16.9 million pesos as of 2019, according to the 2019 Audit Commission (COA) report on salaries and allowances ( ROSA).

The main earner in 2019 is former United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) chairman Higinio Macadaeg Jr, who stepped down in July 2019. Despite his resignation in mid-year, the Macadaeg, appointed by Duterte, has it all. even earned 20.47 million pesos.

The UCPB Corporate Communication Unit subsequently clarified that Macadaeg was on hold until his resignation was accepted, and his replacement took office in July 2020.

Calida is the first solicitor general in years to reach the top 10 government employees, usually occupied by officials from the banking and financial sectors. In 2017, Calida was in the top 4; in 2018 he was in the top 6.

As of 2009 – which is as far back as ROSAs in the COA’s online database – Solicitors General have not made it into the top 10.


Calida’s base salary for 2019 was only 2.9 million pesos, but he earned 11.9 million pesos through the Staff Economic Relief Allowance (PERA), additional pay and benefits. fees.

The Solicitor General earned P 288,500 in indemnities, P 550,618 in bonuses, incentives and benefits, and P 312,000 in discretionary and miscellaneous expenses.

Calida’s allowances had been reported by COA previously and has been a long-standing dispute even in other agencies.

Although allowances are permitted, COA Circular No.85-25-E stipulates that allowances should not exceed 50% of annual salary.

For example, in 2017 Calida received 8.37 million pesos in stipends, but only received a base salary of 1.82 million pesos. For COA, his allowances should not have exceeded 910,000, which is 50% of his base salary of 1.82 million pesos. Instead, Calida collected a surplus of 7.46 million pesos in allowances, according to COA.

Calida’s government revenue has grown steadily over the past 3 years, especially its PERA, additional pay and fees.

His discretionary allowances and expenses decreased in 2019, and his bonuses and incentives only increased by 120,000 pesos, but his PERA, additional pay and fees increased by almost 4 million pesos.

Other high income

The 3rd senior government official is the governor of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Benjamin Diokno, followed by the executive vice-president of the UCPB, Eulogio Catabran, and the vice-governor of the BSP, Maria Almasara Amador.

The Top 10 and subsequent slots were owned by BSP and UCPB officials, but up there at number 13 is Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta with an annual income of 10.36 million pesos.

Since 2009, retired Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin and the retired judge, now governor of Marinduque, Presbitero Velasco Jr, were the only two judges among the 10 highest paid government officials.

The Top 20 is also filled with financial officials, including those from the Development Bank of the Philippines, but Associate Senior Judge Estela Perlas Bernabe is number 16 with an annual income of 10.21 million pesos. –

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