By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte has certified as urgent a bill pushing for salary increases of civilian government employees.
In a letter to Senate President Vicente Sotto III dated December 13, 2019, Duterte called for the immediate passage of Senate Bill No. 1219 or “An Act Modifying the Salary Schedule for Civilian Government Personnel and Authorizing the Grant of Additional Benefits, and for Other Purposes.”
The bill’s immediate enactment seeks to “address the need to further invigorate public service with efficiency and productivity by providing all government civilian personnel a just and equitable compensation responsive to their economic needs,” said Duterte.
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Presidential Legislative Liaison Office head Adelino Sitoy were also furnished copies of the letter.