“As you can see, in the No. 7 (a) provision of the SSL 3, it is stated, ‘To ensure LGU capability to fund salary adjustments on a sustainable basis, the salary rates for LGU officials and employees shall be determined on the basis of income class and financial capability of each LGU which shall not exceed the following percentages of the rates in the Salary Schedule under item 4(b) of this Joint Resolution to be implemented in tranches…’” (For illustration, please see table below.)
Nevertheless, as regards the allowances, benefits and incentives, No. 7(b) of the Joint Resolution No. 24 says, “Other allowances, benefits, and incentives, same as those for national government personnel, may be granted to LGU personnel similarly situated, at such qualifications, conditions and rates, in accordance with the policies set by the President.”
Taking away the gains of years of struggles by the state workers
Furthermore, the AHW pointed out that SSL 3 will eliminate the economic benefits gained through health workers’ struggles as the Joint Resolution No. 24, No. 14 outright repeals the laws inconsistent with the Resolution.
“Every year health workers and other government employees have to struggle hard so that benefits already provided by law are given. The Joint Resolution will legalize the move to take back the economic benefits gained through sweat & blood of health workers as all the economic & non-economic benefits under RA 7305 will be eliminated because this law will be amended or repealed,” Ebesate said.
“Although the proposed salary structure will maintain standard allowances like Supplemental Economic Allowance/PERA, RATA, Uniform Allowance, Year Bonus, Overtime Pay, Night Differential; and specific purpose allowances like subsistence & hazard pay, it will no longer be based on the amount prescribed under RA 7305. Benefits will be based on the prescribed standard rates for all government employees to be determined by DBM,” he elaborated.
AHW members also fear that there is a big possibility that the take-home pay of majority of health workers will be even less with the increase of base pay because benefits under the Magna Carta will no longer be enjoyed.
To illustrate this issue further, AHW provided this table:
Renewed call for P3,000 hike on the minimum pay
With the looming “salary increase crisis”, the All Government Employees’ Unity (All GE Unity), an alliance formed by unions and federations under Courage, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) and AHW, renewed the call for P3,000 increment in the minimum pay of state workers.
After the Nov. 3 press conference at the Greenhouse Restaurant, more than 100 government employees, teachers and health workers gathered around the big relief map of the Philippines in Rizal Park, Manila as a kickoff for the nationwide campaign for the P3,000 increase in the minimum salary.
Members of Courage, AHW, ACT and All UP Workers Union placed placards on the islands, symbolizing the commitment of their regional and local formations to push—and aim to win—the P3,000 increase on the minimum pay campaign.
All GE Unity believes that the P3,000 increment on the minimum salary will be given now, it’ll be a great help to our fellow government employee now that the effects of the economic crisis is felt by all.(Bulatlat.com)