SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Tuesday called on his colleagues in the Senate to fast-track the passage of his Senate Bill (SB) 200, which seeks to increase the salary of civilian government personnel, including teachers and nurses serving in public institutions.
Go issued the call as the Senate committees on Civil Service, Government and Professional Regulation; Basic Education, Arts and Culture; Higher, Technical and Vocational Education; Ways and Means; and Finance on Tuesday started the public hearings on his bill and other similar measures.
In his opening statement, Go said each day government employees continue to make important and unquantifiable contributions to ensure the physical safety and security of Filipinos, and the continued and robust growth of the economy.
Go added that civil servants should enjoy competitive wages, enough to address their personal needs and that of their families.
The lawmaker said the government, as promised by President Rodrigo Duterte, would 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 natin dito. Maybe hindi po kayo sasang-ayon, hindi naman po natin pwedeng i-please lahat dito sa usapang ito (Our approach here is holistic. Maybe you will not agree, we cannot please everyone on this issue),” he said.
“Mr. Chair, 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,” Go explained.
He said an adjustment in the basic salary would also result in higher take-home pay, as benefits such as mid-year and year-end bonuses would also increase.
Under SB 200, or “An Act Modifying the Salary Schedule for Civilian Government Personnel,” the proposed salary increase will be implemented in three tranches, from 2020 to 2022.
The P31.1-billion budget has been included under the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund in the proposed 2020 Budget for the implementation of the first tranche salary increase.
Once passed into law, the salary increase would benefit around 1.4 million civilian personnel in the national government, Go said.
He added that he would work closely with the executive branch in refining the provisions of the proposed bills to increase the salary of our government personnel.