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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, July 8, 2016
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Drilon seeks pay hike
for gov't workers

Senate President Franklin Drilon said he has filed a bill that introduces a 27 percent average increase in the salary of about 1.53 million state workers over a period of three years.

Drilon, who was in Bacolod Wednesday for the inauguration o of the newly elected Bacolod City officials, said Senate Bill No. 13 or the Salary Standardization Law IV, seeks to introduce reforms in the government's compensation system to make it competitive with the private sector, and to boost the employees' morale and productivity.

The senator told the DAILY STAR he is also seeking the institutionalization of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, and amendments to the Revised Penal Code to raise monetary penalties.

Meanwhile, Senate Bill No. 13 aims to make the compensation for all civilian government personnel competitive with those in the private sector doing comparable work in order to retain effective, efficient, professional, committed and competent civil servants, Drilon said.

The bill mandates a three-year compensation increase for the national government's 1.53 million civilian and military and uniformed personnel.

The bill also provides for a mid-year month pay bonus equivalent to a one month's basic salary and an enhanced performance-based bonus equivalent to 1 to 2 months' basic salary, he said.

It aim to increase the base pay of covered employees on the average by 27 percent, while the 14th month pay will further raise basic pay by 8 percent, Drilon added.

If passed into law, the first tranche of the adjustment under the SSL 2016 will take effect on January 1, 2017, with the subsequent tranche to begin in January 1, 2018, and the final tranche slated for January 1, 2019, he said.

Drilon said that the new compensation level for all salary grades will be required to be at least 70 percent of the market in order to attract and retain competent and committed personnel

This means that under the bill, a public nurse with the rank of Nurse II or salary grade 15 with a monthly salary of P27,565 will receive P33, 279 per month after the last tranche of the bill is implemented by 2019, he said.

Similarly, employees receiving the smallest minimum basic salary--Salary Grade 1--will see their monthly wages rise from P9,000 to P11,068 a month, Drilon added.

They, along with other government workers, will be entitled to a mid-year bonus, which will be given not earlier than May of each year, and a performance-based bonus, he said.

The bill will also ensure that there will be no more "salary overlaps" to recognize differences in duties and responsibilities. It will also strengthen the link between pay and performance especially for those in the higher salary grades, Drilon added.

"The structure of the adjustment should temper the cost of benefits (i.e. GSIS premiums and PhilHealth contributions) and allow for higher take home pay, especially for those in the lower salary grades," he said.*CPG



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