As Special Assistant to the President, Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go was always on the side of President Rodrigo Duterte and now as senator, his legislative agenda remains side-by-side with the aims of the President, whom he calls his mentor.
Go filed ten bills last Tuesday which were mostly directed at improving the welfare of state workers including nurses and teachers.
One of the bills he filed was SB 200 — An Act Modifying the Salary Schedule for Civilian Government Personnel which seeks to increase government salaries.
Being a government employee himself for more than 20 years, Go said he saw the importance of protecting the welfare of ordinary state workers to achieve an efficient and responsive government.
The bill, which seeks to increase the salary of government personnel, will not include salary increases for the current President, Vice President, senators and congressmen.
The bill targets to come up with a new Salary Standardization Law by revamping the Compensation and Position Classification System (CPCS) that in effect would raise salaries and make it more attractive for Filipinos to work in government.
“We need a holistic approach so that all workers in government can render adequate and effective services to our nation,” he said.
In an interview after he filed the bill, Go said he only promised during the campaign period to increase the salary of selected professionals such as teachers and nurses but eventually decided to include all civilian government employees.
“I realized that there are many government workers who badly needed an increase in compensation,” Go said.
The bill is intended to update the CPCS, increasing salary grade 1 from the current rate of P11,068 to P11,656. The rates of succeeding salary grades are correspondingly increased.
If the bill is passed into law, the increase shall apply to all civilian personnel in the executive, legislative and judicial branches and in the constitutional commissions and other constitutional offices.
Government-owned or controlled corporations and local government units are also allowed to implement the increase in wages depending on their financial capabilities.
The bill states that the salary increase is designed “to make CPCS even more competitive with the market rates” and help the government in attracting, retaining and motivating highly competent and highly productive civil servants.