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Proposed Salary Increase for Gov't Officials and Employees Effective January 2024

Proposed Salary Increase for Gov't Officials and Employees Effective January 2024

In a bid to provide better compensation for government officials and employees, Senator Ralph Recto has introduced a bill, HB 8081, that seeks to implement a salary increase in accordance with a four-tranche salary schedule. If approved, this measure will bring about significant changes in the remuneration of public servants.

Under the proposed legislation, the salary increases will be rolled out in four stages, with the initial implementation scheduled for January 1, 2024. Subsequent increases will take effect on the same date each year until the final tranche is realized in 2027.

The salary increase is set to be an across-the-board annual rise of ten percent (10%) for a period of four years. This adjustment aims to address long-standing concerns about the compensation of government officials and employees, recognizing their vital role in public service and the need for equitable remuneration.

If the bill is passed and signed into law, it would mark a significant milestone in the quest to improve the welfare of government workers. The proposed salary increase could provide financial relief and enhance the morale of public servants, which in turn could have a positive impact on the delivery of public services.

However, it is important to note that the bill is still in the proposal stage and will undergo a rigorous legislative process before it can become law. It will need to be reviewed, debated, and potentially amended by both houses of Congress before being presented to the President for approval.

The proposed salary increase has garnered attention and sparked discussions among various stakeholders, including government officials, employees, and labor unions. These groups will closely monitor the progress of the bill and actively participate in the legislative process to ensure their voices are heard.

As the bill continues to move through the legislative machinery, its fate and the potential impact on government officials and employees remain uncertain. Nonetheless, the introduction of HB 8081 signifies a significant step toward addressing concerns over compensation in the public sector and underscores the importance of fair and competitive salaries for those dedicated to serving the nation.

READ:
H. B. No. 8081
(Introduced by Representative Ralph G. Recto)

AN ACT MODIFYING THE SALARY SCHEDULE FOR CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL AND AUTHORIZING THE GRANT OF ADDITIONAL BENEFITS AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES


EXPLANATORY NOTE

This bill seeks to improve the purchasing power of approximately 2.46 million civil servants¹ in the country that was eroded by inflation by providing an increase in the salary of government officials and employees.

It also aims to attract and retain competent and committed civil servants and increase productivity among the public sector workers.

By virtue of Republic Act No. 11466 otherwise known as the "Salary Standardization Law of 2019," the national government implemented the salary modification for government employees. The modified salary schedule was implemented in four tranches from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2023. However, the adjusted salary is still inadequate since the country is still recovering from the effects of the pandemic. Government employees can barely afford to support their families as the inflation rate between April 2019 and April 2023 grew at a significant 120%.

This proposal will put more money in government employees' pockets and will increase disposable income, boost consumer spending, and in turn would stimulate the economy and help generate more revenues.

This bill mandates the implementation of salary increases for government officials and employees in accordance with salary schedules for four (4) tranches. The salary schedules shall be implemented on January 1, 2024 and every January 1 thereafter until the final tranche in 2027.

The salary increase is equivalent to an across the board annual ten percent (10%) increase for four (4) years.

With this bill, the government would alleviate the living conditions of the 2.46 million public servants. Consequently, the much-needed relief that this measure offers will further motivate government personnel and invigorate public service.

In view of the foregoing, the approval of this bill is earnestly sought.

FIRST TRANCHE
(Effective January 2024)

SECOND TRANCHE
(Effective January 2025)

THIRD TRANCHE
(Effective January 2026)



FOURTH TRANCHE
(Effective January 2027)





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