Senate has approved the new Salary Standardization Bill which seeks to increase the pay rate of government personnel, including the nurses in public sector. If passed before the year ends, gov’t nurses will receive Salary Grade 15 at P32,053.
In lieu of sponsor Senator Ramon Revilla Jr., Senator Sonny Angara defended on Monday the Senate Bill No. 1219 entitled “The Act of Modifying the Salary Schedule for Civilian Government Personnel and Authorizing the Grant of Additional Benefits, and for Other Purposes.”
Senate tackled the bill after President Rodrigo Duterte certified it as urgent, hoping to sign it before the year ends and implement such starting January 1, 2020. If passed and approved, it will also be implemented in four tranches, just like the current Salary Standardization Law (SSL).
Supreme Court recently upheld Republic Act 9173 which stipulates that government nurses should get SG 15 or P30,531 in the current fourth and final tranche of SSL IV, instead of SG 11.
In the proposed new SSL, nurses will receive SG 15 Step 1 at P32,053 starting January 2020 (1st tranche); P33,575 starting January 2021 (2nd tranche); P35,097 starting January 2022 (3rd tranche); and P36,619 starting January 2023 (4th tranche).
Not only nurses will stand to benefit from this new SSL.
“It will cover entry-level teachers, engineers, cashiers, geologists,” said Angara.
In proposing for the new salary schedule, Angara said that they have factored in what the equivalents in the private sector are receiving, and the need to attract professionals in the civil service.
The Senate has allocated P31.1 billion for the implementation of the new SSL.
Since the President signed this bill as urgent, this is good as approved once it is done in the bicameral conference committee of both houses of Congress.