Feature: Pay increases for state workers starting July 1
by Rey Anthony Chiu
Manila (5 June) -- Effective July 1, government state workers are eligible for the four annual salary increases as Congress recently voted for the passage of the salary standardization law (SSL) reports bared.
The Congressional action also caused the availability the funds for its pay increase's four-year implementation.
Many government workers view the development as timely, especially when the country's economy is being rocked by the global financial crisis and when the government is in its programmed spending with the emergency employment and livelihood programs to keep the economy buoyant.
With prices now vacillated by the unstable price of oil and fuel, the Congressional action on the passage of the law is a huge development, government observers said.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has previously certified the salary standardization law as urgent in an apparent attempt to bring the salaries of state workers close to the levels of their counterparts in the private sector.
Over the development too, Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the government now is assured of enough funds for the salary standardization.
Meanwhile, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Gabriel Claudio said the timely implementation of SSL-3 will help the economy at this time of global economic crisis.
"It will help perk up the economy through spending," Claudio said, hinting that more spending power would tend to keep people buying and thus, patting into shape local economies.
With Congress passing the law, it also has caused the immediate upgrading of compensational package for low-level to top government positions, a step to be implemented in a staggered system for four years.
The salary standardization is expected to benefit the more than 1.5 million government employees by increasing their salaries starting this July 2009 until 2013. (PIA) [top]