• Govt workers may still get salary hike – Palace

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    Despite Congress’ failure to pass the proposed Salary Standardization Law (SSL) IV before session ended on Wednesday, Malacañang on Monday said government workers can still get the pay increase they deserve.

    The Department of Budget and Management (DBM), according to Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., is already preparing its recommendations to President Benigno Aquino 3rd on how to implement the first tranche of salary adjustments as provided for in the proposed SSL IV, despite non-passage of the bill.

    “A total of P57.9-billion [outlay]is included in the General Appropriations Act of 2016 and this will fully cover the first tranche,” Coloma said in a statement.

    “Moreover, the DBM will include a similar item in the proposed National Expenditure Program (NEP) for 2017, to cover the second tranche. The proposed NEP will be turned over to the next administration,” he added.

    Congress adjourned session on Wednesday without approving the proposed Salary Standardization Law IV.

    “It is unfortunate that Congress has failed to pass the proposed Salary Standardization Law of 2015 as a result of the deadlock on the issue of the indexation of pension of retired military and uniformed personnel,” Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said in a separate statement.

    But Abad noted that the executive has options within its power to effect the proposed compensation adjustment.

    He cited Section 13 of Presidential Decree 985 and Item 17 (iv) of Congress Joint Resolution 4, s. 2009, which authorizes the President to periodically revise or update, upon recommendation of the DBM, the government’s Compensation and Position Classification System.

    “Based on these laws, the President may effect a compensation adjustment that is still consistent with the compensation adjustment strategy under the proposed SSL 2015,” Abad said.

    “Trust that the DBM will forward a recommendation that is faithful to the parameters of the compensation adjustment strategy that we developed based on the results of the Compensation and Benefits Study for the Public Sector, the same compensation adjustment strategy that is embodied in House Bill 6268 approved by the House of Representatives last December. We will also push for the compensation adjustment to be retroactive to January 1, 2016,” he added.

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    1. Maybe it is but just, proper and THE RIGHT THING TO DO!
      Laws that have singular intentions should be passed and muddled with other issues. The SSS PENSION should be thoroughly reviewed with economics and sustainability in mind. It is a simple COST versus BENEFITS study. For the government pensioners, there should be a separate study and law if it is viable. This issue should not be made as a condition which hostaged the passing of the proposed Salary Standardization Law IV. Politics SHOULD NOT AND MUST NOT BE USED to prevent laws from being passed but the welfare of the public must be the priority. THAT IS WHAT LAWS ARE FOR!

    2. SSS P2000 monthly pension increase for sr citizens approved by the senate and congress vetoed by your president while the SSL IV the proposed salary increases of government employees which the Congress failed to pass, Coloma is now preparing its positive recommendations to bsaquino P57.9B outlay included in the general appropriation act of 2016 covers the 1st tranche. POOR FILIPINO SR CITIZENS. SOME WISHES TO DIE B4 THEIR TIME THAN TO LIVE A LIFE WITHOUT DIGNITY. THE DOGS AND CATS OF DIRTY POLITICIANS AND GLUTTON GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE BETTER OFF THAN THESE POOR OLD SR CITIZENS. Shame shame and more shane