Find funds for gov’t workers’ pay hike, DBM told

MANILA — The Senate Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation on Tuesday urged the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to find funding for the implementation of the salary increase for government workers under the proposed Salary Standardization Law (SSL) 5.

During the public hearing, committee chairman Bong Revilla stressed the urgent need to implement a viable and fair salary increase for all government employees to augment their source of income and provide a decent living for their families.

Revilla noted that President Rodrigo Duterte gave the “green light” for the next round of salary increases for government employees during his fourth State of the Nation Address last July 22.

“This proposed salary increase for all government employees, in effect, is not only meant to compensate them for their untiring service but also intended to attract qualified and competent applicants who can contribute to the improvement and innovation of government service in our country,” Revilla said.

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, author of Senate Bill No. 200, assured that the government, as “promised” by the President, will continue to look after the welfare of its employees and grant salary increase to all civilian employees, including teachers and nurses.

“Each day, our government employees continue to make important and unquantifiable contributions to ensure our physical safety and security, and the continued and robust growth of our economy,” Go said.

“In recognition of their invaluable contributions, our civil servants, the people who dedicate their everyday lives to the service of the Filipino people, must be given an opportunity to pursue a career in the service that would allow them to enjoy competitive wages, enough to address their personal needs and that of their families,” Go added.

Go said his bill intends to provide competitive and equitable pay to attract and retain competent and committed civil servants while also keeping it affordable and sustainable.

He said the proposed salary adjustments will raise the pay of government personnel to a level closer to market rates while giving priority to the rank-and-file positions in the sub-professional and professional categories, especially the teachers.

The senator said PHP31.1 billion has been allocated under the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund in the proposed 2020 budget for the implementation of the first tranche salary increase.

The salary increase will be implemented in three tranches, from 2020 to 2022.

The proposed salary hike is expected to benefit around 1.4 million civilian personnel in the national government.

“We will work closely with the Executive Branch in refining the provisions of the proposed bills to increase the salary of our government personnel,” Go said.

“Lastly, allow me to thank each and every employee, from the highest posts to the lowest ranks, who has dedicated himself each and every day to the service of the country and the Filipino people,” Go added.  Filane Mikee Cervantes / PNA –