PRESIDENT AQUINO HOPES FOR SSL 4 IMPLEMENTATION STARTING IN JANUARY ’16

MANILA  — President Benigno Aquino III is optimistic for the implementation of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL) 4 by January 2016, which is included in the proposed 2016 national budget.

“Hangad po natin: Ipagkaloob ang makatwirang pasahod sa ating mga kawani at ilapit ang nakukuha ng mga nasa gobyerno sa pribadong sektor,” he said in his speech during the awarding ceremony for outstanding public servants in Malacanang Monday.

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the 2015 Outstanding Public Officials and Employees awarding ceremonies at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Monday (November 09, 2015). The Honor Awards Program (HAP) is an annual undertaking of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) aims to motivate and inspire civil servants to improve the quality of their performance and instill deeper involvement in public service. The CSC believes that it is important to pay tribute to exemplary state workers to compensate hard work and selfless service, boost morale, and inspire government employees. (Photo by Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang Photo
President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the 2015 Outstanding Public Officials and Employees awarding ceremonies at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Monday (November 09, 2015). The Honor Awards Program (HAP) is an annual undertaking of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) aims to motivate and inspire civil servants to improve the quality of their performance and instill deeper involvement in public service. The CSC believes that it is important to pay tribute to exemplary state workers to compensate hard work and selfless service, boost morale, and inspire government employees.  Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang Photo

The Chief Executive said Joint Resolution No. 4, or the Salary Standardization 3 (SSL) 3, mandates the review of compensation and position classification system every three years.

SSL was fully-implemented in 2012, thus, the government conducted this year a review of state workers’ compensation.

The proposed SSL4 will adjust salaries and benefits of about 1.3 million state employees by up to 45 percent and shall be implemented in four tranches starting next year.

It is expected to bring government workers’ compensation at least 70 percent of market rate by 2019.

Aside from the pay hike, the government also proposed for the implementation of mid-year 14th month pay and an enhanced performance-based bonus (PBB) equivalent to one to two months’ salary.

President Aquino said they were encouraged to propose the pay hike on back of a competent Civil Service Commission (CSC) and lawmakers. PNA