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PIA Press Release
2006/12/15

DBM pushes new salary structure for gov't employees

Davao City (15 December) -- The chairman of the powerful House Committee on Appropriations has formed a technical working group to study the merit of a key reform measure aimed at providing a new salary structure for government employees to narrow the disparity in salaries of civil service workers and those in the private sector.

Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda (3rd District, Albay) said House Bill No. 5918, which he jointly authored with Rep. Francis Nepomuceno (1st District, Pampanga), is an alternative compensation framework seeking to address "distortions and inequalities under the current salary standardization."

"The working group will look over the proposed measure on adopting an omnibus job classification and compensation system in the civil service including settling issues and concerns raised against some of its provision," Salceda said.

Rep. Edcel Lagman (1st District, Albay), senior vice chairman of the committee, will head the TWG to be composed by members of the Committees on Appropriations and on civil Service, Civil Service commission, Commission on Audit and Department of Budget and Management.

Salceda said the bill provides for 22 job grades as compare to the current 33 grades in the government service.

Cong. Nepomuceno and I are of the view that verifiable compensable factors-skills and knowledge, nature of the work and answerability -- shall be used to determine the job grade," Salceda said.

According to Salceda, the bill, which is a product of a study and research jointly conducted by the CSC and the DBM, also focuses on areas in the civil service that needed key reforms, such as its size and quality.

CSC chairperson Karina David confirmed her office and the DBM conducted the study on job classification and compensation in the government.

David lamented how low pay in the government has prompted many professionals to leave the country or transfer to the private sector. She said the new salary scheme for government employees forms part of the government's efficient delivery of service. (DBM) [top]

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