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Go pushes additional salary increase for civil servants

September 11, 2019 - Wednesday 6:09 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image Senator Christopher Lawrence Go at the first committee hearing on Senate Bill 200 or the proposed “Act Modifying the Salary Schedule for Civilian Government Personnel” which he filed.

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on Tuesday said he is seeking to promote the welfare of government servants by ensuring more competitive pay for them.

Go made the statement during a Senate hearing by the Committee on Civil Service, Government and Professional Regulation joint with Basic Education, Arts and Culture; Higher, Technical and Vocational Education; Ways and Means; and Finance Committees.

During the first committee hearing on Go’s Senate Bill 200 or the proposed “Act Modifying the Salary Schedule for Civilian Government Personnel,” Go said the government continues to look for ways to promote the welfare of civil servants and increase their pay.

“As promised by the President, the government will continue to look after the welfare of its employees and grant salary increase to all civilian employees, including teachers and nurses. Holistic na po ang approach,” he said.

“We intend to provide competitive and equitable pay to attract and retain competent and committed civil servants, while also keeping it affordable and sustainable,” he added. 

Go said the proposed salary adjustments will provide better pay rates for government employees, while prioritizing the salary increase for teachers and other rank-and-file positions.

“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,” he said.

“An adjustment in the basic salary will also result to higher take-home pay as benefits such as Mid-Year and Year-End Bonuses will also increase,” he added.

In July, Go filed Senate Bill 200 or the proposed “Act Modifying the Salary Schedule for Civilian Government Personnel” to include salary increase for teachers and nurses.

Go said he will work closely with the Executive Branch in passing proposed bills that aim to increase salary of civil servants.

He added that the proposed salary increase will be implemented in three tranches, from 2020 to 2022.
 
“P31.1 billion has been included under the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund in the proposed 2020 Budget for the implementation of the first tranche salary increase,” he said.
 

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