Written by Fernan Marasigan / Reporter
Thursday, 21 May 2009 20:55
LESS than two weeks after President Arroyo certified it as urgent, the House of Representatives, in plenary session, approved on Wednesday night Joint Resolution 36 that would upgrade, rationalize and standardize compensation of all government employees.
Under the resolution the salary adjustment for State workers will be implemented first on July 1 and will be given in four tranches from 2009 to 2012.
House leaders said the program applies to all civilian government personnel, regardless of status. Military, police and other uniformed personnel are covered by a separate compensation system provided for under a substitute resolution to Joint Resolution 24.
They reiterated that the salary adjustment prescribed for the incumbent President, Vice President and members of Congress shall take effect only after the expiration of their terms.
Arroyo’s certification of the measure’s urgency made possible the simultaneous approval on second and final reading by the chamber in plenary session, Speaker Prospero Nograles said.
Under the resolution, the initial implementation shall be charged from the 2009 national government budget and from the savings of the different agencies. The succeeding tranches shall be included in the annual general appropriations act.
Besides the executive, legislative and judicial branches, those covered include the constitutional commissions, state universities and colleges, government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs), government financial institutions and local governments (GFIs).
As for the GOCCs and GFIs, the amount needed shall be charged against their respective corporate funds.
All positions in the government shall be grouped into three categories, namely subprofessional or positions involved in manual or clerical work in support of office operations, or those engaged in arts, crafts and trades; professional or positions involved in the exercise of profession or application of knowledge acquired through formal education and training and executive or managerial positions involved in the executive, legislative and judicial functions.
In the proposed salary schedules, the present 33 salary grades and eight steps per salary grade shall be retained. The differences, however, between salary grades shall be rationalized to avoid overlaps.
Thesystem also follows the principle of “nondiminution of benefits.”
Government agencies authorized by law to have their own compensation and position classification system shall be governed by their respective own systems.
In addition to the resolution, the House, which adjourns sine die on June 5, also approved on third reading 57 local bills, eight local measures on second reading, adopted the Senate version of House Bill (HB) 3618 or the National Police Education Requirement Bill and approved the Conference Committee report on Senate Bill 2396 and HB 4237 or the Magna Carta of Women.
It also concurred with the Senate amendments on four other local bills on education, the judiciary and grants of franchises.