Gov’t employees want new salary standardization law

Government employees are urging the House of Representatives and the Senate to pass the Salary Standardization Law IV that will increase their pay, Felix Cabuguas Jr., national chairman of the Philippine Independent Public Sector Employees Association, said yesterday.

Cabuguas, who was at the province-wide congress of public sector employees at the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, said the National Workers Congress passed a resolution in August asking both houses to hasten the implementation of the SSL IV.

The first SSL was enacted in 1989, the second version of the law was approved in 1994 while the third one was signed four years later.

Government workers received a P1,000 across-the-board salary increase in 2006 and after that, their pay was hiked by 10 percent in 2007 and 2008, before the four-installment SSL III took effect on July2009.

Under the proposed SSL IV, the lowest pay scale is P15,000 per month, the proposed compensation and position classification system must be implemented completely within three years and Congress is also asked to provide the fund to implement it on or before July 1, 2013 simultaneously in the bureaucracy.

Cabuguas also said that the SSL III was approved over five years ago there but still workers from Local Government Units, line agencies and other government-owned and control corporations, especially in Negros Occidental, have not received the third and fourth tranche of their salary hike.

He said they are checking which LGU, GOCC and line agencies have failed to give the full salary hike under SSL III to their employees.

- Visayan Daily Star - BY ADRIAN NEMES III