Celebrity blogger Mocha Uson is now officially a government employee.
The 34-year-old singer/dancer has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as Assistant Secretary for Social Media of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Wednesday, May 10.
According to Ombudsman.gov.ph, assistant secretaries have a salary grade (SG) of 29.
Under Executive Order No. 201 (s. 2016) signed by former President Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., government hirees falling under SG 29 will have a monthly basic gross salary of P106,454.
This is provided for in the second tranche of compensation increase for government employees who started on January 1 of this year.
Mid-year and year-end bonuses have yet to be included, as well as other government-approved allowances and miscellaneous expenses.
Mocha's critics have questioned her credentials and capacity, and expressed dismay over her appointment.
However, her supporters were quick to defend the celebrity, citing her five million page likes on Facebook and underlining the two years she spent at the med school of University of Santo Tomas.
President Duterte also defended Mocha and said, "There's nothing wrong with the woman or the girl. She's bright, she's articulate. If it's a matter of dancing, she was not dancing naked.
"She was with me during the campaign. [She's] a little bit sexier than the other. But that does not prevent anybody to deprive her of the honors that she deserves.
"It's just a matter of intellect. 'Yang pagsasayaw niya, hanapbuhay 'yan, e.
"There's no law which says that if you expose half of your body, with shorts and a bra, you're disqualified to [sic] being the president of the Philippines."
Mocha's social media presence is definitely an advantage to her new government position.
And although netizens quibble about her government salary, it's actually no big deal to Mocha since she can easily earn the amount from her gigs.
But then Mocha's Asec post remains questionable. The plum job that normally takes years and several exams to get to that level was handed to her on a silver platter.
To those wondering why the big fuss about her salary, check out this infographic that shows her salary can easily hire at least three government employees.