Work suspended in SC, CA, lower courts on Nov. 16-20 -- CJ Sereno

MANILA, Nov. 13 (PNA) -- Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. Aranal Sereno on Friday announced the suspension of work on Nov. 16-20 in the Supreme Court (SC), Court of Appeals (CA) and the lower courts in some areas due to road closures for the Philippines' hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Leaders' Meeting (APEC).

In view of Proclamation No. 1072 and Memorandum Circular No. 84, calling off work in government offices in Metro Manila from Nov. 17-20 2015, and the expected difficulty of travelling on Nov. 16 in some areas of Metro Manila due to road closures, Chief Justice Sereno has ordered the schedule of work suspensions for the period Nov. 16-20, 2015.
For Monday, work is suspended in the first and second level courts of Manila and Makati City.

Salary Standardization Law of 2015 (SSL 2015) Second Tranche 2017 Salary Grade Table / Schedule

Salary Standardization Law of 2015 (SSL 2015)
Second Tranche 2017
Salary Grade Schedule / Table

Salary Standardization Law of 2015 (SSL 2015) First Tranche 2016 Salary Grade Table / Schedule

Salary Standardization Law of 2015 (SSL 2015)
First Tranche 2016
Salary Grade Schedule / Table

Salary Standardization Law of 2015 for teachers, nurses to double under SSL 2015

MANILA, Nov. 10 (PNA) -- Public school teachers and nurses will be paid twice more compared to their private counterparts under the proposed Salary Standardization Law of 2015 (SSL 2015), according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

“Our study revealed that if we compare the median of the market to the median of SSL 3 rates, public school teachers and nurses are paid much higher in government than in the private sector,” Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said.

In the private sector, the positions of Teacher I to III are paid P13,135. The government pays P19,218 for Teacher I position, or 146 percent of the market. For Teacher II positions, the government pays P20,660 or 157 percent of the market. For Teacher III positions, the government pays P22,209 or 169 percent of the market.

Abad said SSL 2015 will increase Teacher I salary to P20,754; Teacher II to P22,938; and Teacher III to P25,232. This will make their monthly pay twice more than their private sector counterparts.

“Under SSL 2015, the total annual guaranteed compensation of Teacher I will be P329,556, up from the current P280,137. Teacher II will get P360,132 from the current P298,220, while Teacher III will receive P392,248 from the current P317,668. This annual guaranteed compensation does not include the PBB, which is contingent on performance and is equivalent to 1.25 month’s salary for SG 11-24. As Teacher I-III is ranked as SG 11-13, that is an additional 1.25 month’s pay for Teacher I to III positions” Abad said.

Meanwhile, the budget chief pointed out that private sector nurses receive pay ranging from P13,033 (Nurse I), P14,083 (Nurse II), to P22,125 (Nurse III). Their government counterparts receive higher salaries with P19,218, P25,878, and P35,207 respectively. Under the SSL 2015, the total guaranteed compensation of Nurse I will go up to P344,074, while Nurse II will receive P485,670 and Nurse III will get P710,804.

Read more: Philippines News Agency

Senate President Drilon filed Senate Bill No. 3009, Salary Standardization Law of 2015

MANILA, Nov. 11 (PNA) -- To encourage employees to stay longer in government and boost their morale and productivity, Senate President Franklin Drilon filed Senate Bill No. 3009, which mandates a weighted average increase of 45 percent in the total compensation of all government personnel over a four-year period.

“The economy is in the right course and we will take advantage of the favorable condition to raise the pay scheme in the government and align it with the compensation received by employees from the private sector,” Drilon said.

“It is about time that we adjust the salaries of the hardworking men and women who have helped the government to fulfill its mandates to the people,” he added.
The bill is co-authored by Finance Committee chair Loren Legarda.

Drilon, who also served as labor secretary, said that the low pay rate is the main reason why the government could not keep its employees, as he expressed concern about the high turnover of positions in the government.

Citing a study commissioned by the Department of Budget and Management, Drilon said that the pay scheme in government is 45 percent below market.

This is particularly true for professionals and middle managers in government who only get around 41 percent and 25 percent of market rates, respectively.

It is only the sub-professionals in government that receive 50 percent or more of market rates, Drilon noted.

Drilon also observed that some agencies are incapable of filling up vacant positions within a reasonable period of time, which inadvertently affects the smooth delivery of services to the people.

Read more: Philippines News Agency

Belmonte vows to act on salary standardization law of 2015

MANILA -- Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. yuesterday vowed to immediately enact into law the proposed Php226 billion four-year “Salary Standardization Law of 2015,” which offers 14th month pay for 1.53 million state workers and officials on the first year of implementation in 2016.

“We will study and pass it in time for 2016 implementation because we believe that this is a very important measure that will provide economic relief to our state workers,” Belmonte said in an interview on the proposed law.

On top of the 14th month pay, the average lowest increase in the first year of implementation is almost P500 monthly under Salary Grade 1, or from the present P9,000, to P9,478 during the first year and will reach P11,068 in the fourth year.
On the first year of implementation, the President's salary is P160,924 and almost P400,000 in the fourth year under Salary Grade 33.

Belmonte, House Majority Leader and Mandaluyong City Rep. Neptali “Boyet” Gonzales II, Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab, who chairs the House committee on appropriations, House Minority Leader and San Juan City Rep. Ronaldo Zamora, and Romblon Rep. Eleandro Jesus “Budoy” Madrona, who chairs the House committee on accounts, vowed to file the bill that Budget Sec. Florencio “Butch” Abad Jr. submitted to the House of Representatives Monday.

Read more : Visayan Daily Star

Senate approves bill granting an extra P2,000 monthly to SSS pensioners

By CNN Philippines Staff

The Senate has approved on final reading House Bill 5842, which would give an across-the-board increase of P2,000 monthly to 1.9 million pensioners of the Social Security System (SSS).
The senators voted 15 in favor of the bill, with one negative vote cast by Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile and no abstentions.
Enrile said he was against the bill because its "generous benefit" to pensioners would eventually lead to the "bankruptcy of the SSS."
 Good news for the estimated 1.9 million pensioners of the Social Security System (SSS): The Senate today approved on final reading a bill which seeks to grant an across the board P2,000 increase in their monthly pension.
The bill would to amend the Social Security Act of 1997. The latest amendment to the law was 18 years ago under RA 8282.
Sen. Cynthia Villar, chair of the Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprise, is the principal sponsor of the bill.
The other sponsors are Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Deputy Minority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, and Sens. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Francis "Chiz' Escudero, Jose "Jinggoy" Ejercito-Estrada, and Ferdinand “Bongbong" Marcos Jr.,