Senate President Franklin M. Drilon has filed Senate Bill No. 13 or the Salary Standardization Law IV that introduces a 27 percent average increase in the salary of government employees.
The bill mandates a three-year compensation increase for the national government’s 1.53 million and military and uniformed personnel, and provides for a mid-year month pay bonus equivalent to a one month’s basic salary and an enhanced performance-based bonus equivalent to one to two months’ basic salary. The bill seeks to introduce reforms in the government’s compensation system to make it competitive with the private sector, and to boost the employees’ morale and productivity. If passed into law, the first tranche of the adjustment under the SSL 2016 will take effect on Jan. 1, 2017, with the subsequent tranche to begin in Jan. 1, 2018, and the final tranche slated for Jan. 1, 2019.