A new Salary Standardization Law (SSL) to raise the salary of government employees was proposed by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Rowena Salvacion reported for Super Radyo's dzBB.
The proposal will result in a weighted average increase of 45 percent in the compensation of all salary grades and raise compensation of government personnel to at least 70 percent of the private sector rate.
In Belmonte's SSL version, the proposal will be implemented through a combination of a salary increase, a 14th month pay and an enhanced performance-based bonus to be implemented over a four-year period, from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2019.
The aim of the bill is to raise the pay of government employees to competitive rates, to strengthen the link between pay and performance, allow higher take home pay, among others.
"Government personnel are given substantial duties and responsibilities that significantly impact the nation. Legislative action is urgently needed to allow the Government of the Republic of the Philippines to attract and retain the services of capable personnel in order to best serve the needs of the Filipino people," Belmonte stated on the Explanatory Note of his proposal. — BAP, GMA News