House Approves Bill Proposing Salary Increase for Government Employees
The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill No. 5712, a bill proposing a new round of salary increase for government employees on Wednesday this week, December 18. Its senate version, Senate Bill No. 1219, was also approved this week.
If passed into law, it will become the fifth tranche of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL5) and will be implemented in four tranches from 2020 to 2023.
The proposed SSL5 seeks to modify the salary schedule for civilian government personnel and authorize the grant of additional benefits. It aims to raise the minimum basic salary, Salary Grade I, from ₱11,068 to ₱13,000, to remain competitive with the minimum daily wage in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Those in Salary Grades 11 to 13 will receive an increase of up to 24.1% by 2023. While those with Salary Grades 25 to 33 will receive an 8% pay hike.
The SSL 5 also provides that the mid-year bonus, which is equivalent to one-month basic salary as of May 15, and shall be given to employees who have rendered at least four months of service and still active as of the same date.
The proposed salary adjustments will cover all civilian personnel, including teachers and nurses. This shall cover government personnel whether regular, contractual or casual, appointive or elective; and on full-time or part-time basis.
However, excluded from the salary increase are military and uniformed personnel, government-owned and -controlled corporations, and contractual employees. Similarly, the President and lawmakers will not be covered by the increase, as the Constitution prohibits them from benefitting from laws they enact.
The bill was recently certified urgent by President Rodrigo Duterte. After its approval from both chambers, it will now be transmitted to the bicameral conference committee to reconcile the differences between the versions of the Senate and the House.