One of the newly-elected senators, Christopher “Bong” Go, is pushing for the implementation of a new Salary Standardization Law (SSL) that will increase the pay of civilian government employees.
Go filed the proposed “Act Modifying the Salary Schedule for Civilian Government Personnel” or the Senate Bill 200 which will involve the teachers and nurses as well.
Working in the government for more than 20 years, Go recognizes the importance of considering the welfare of the ordinary government worker for a more efficient and responsive bureaucratic system.
The proposed bill attempts to amend the present Compensation and Position Classification System (CPCS), wherein salary grade 1 will increase from P11,068 to P11,656. The succeeding salary grades will increase as well.
The increase, according to what the bill state, intends “to make CPCS even more competitive with the market rates,” and also to help the government attract, retain, and motivate highly competent and highly productive civil servants.
Furthermore, the pay increase shall cover all civilian personnel in the executive, legislative and judicial branches, in the constitutional commissions, and other constitutional offices.
Government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCC) and local government units are also allowed to implement this provided that they are financially capable and are able to accomplish the other requirements.
On the other hand, the bill will exclude the increases for the current president, vice president, senators and congressmen. Also, it will not include “individuals whose services are engaged through job orders, contracts of service, consultancy contracts and service contracts with no employer-employee relationship.”