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MANILA -- The government will soon increase the salary of its employees, after the administration reported it already made progress in standardizing their salaries.

In a radio interview, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the administration aims to increase the salaries of government employees in order to compete with what is being given to their counterparts in the private sector.
Quoting President Benigno Aquino III, Valte said the government "is making very good progress on that proposal because at the end of the day we want to be able to give our government workers a competitive standing as compared to their counterparts in the private sector."

Valte said the government has already standardized the pay of workers in government-owned and/or -controlled corporations (GOCCs), and the administration would want to replicate it to other agencies.

"Of course, hindi naman po necessarily pareho ‘yung numbers, but the President said we would want to do something similar for those in government service," Valte said.

She also said the salary increase, although not intended as a Christmas gift, would be given "sooner rather than later."
In the 14th Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines (SEIPI) CEOs forum on Friday, the President said the government is considering a new round of salary standardization increases.

"The idea is to match the private sector by about 70 percent of what a private sector employee gets and the bonuses will no longer be pro forma bonuses but rather performance-based bonuses," the President said.

The Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) system, launched by the Aquino administration in 2012, is a merit-based incentive program that recognizes and rewards exemplary performance in government.

It aims to improve the delivery of goods and services to the public, as well as institute a culture of excellence in public service across the bureaucracy.

The PBB is "a top-up bonus to be given to personnel of bureaus or delivery units in accordance with their contribution to the accomplishment of their department's overall targets and commitments."

It is given when the department achieves the performance targets under their respective so-called major final outputs and also their priority program commitments earlier approved by the President.

The president believes that adjusting salaries could also discourage state workers from being involved in corrupt practices.
Posted at 10/24/2015 10:13 PM

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