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NOV 1, 2015

NR # 4005

COLA for govt employees sought

Two lawmakers are pushing for the grant of a special economic assistance to enable even
lowest paid government workers to cope with increasing costs of basic necessities.
Party-list Magdalo Reps. Gary C. Alejano and Francisco Ashley L. Acedillo jointly filed
House Bill 6113, which seeks to grant a special economic assistance to be known as the Cost of
Living Allowance (COLA) for all government workers in the amount of P5,000 to be
implemented across-the-board, on top of the existing Personnel Economic Relief Allowance
(PERA) previously granted for the same purpose.
The bill covers all civilian government employees whether employed by the national or
local governments, appointive or elective, and whether occupying regular, contractual or casual
positions, whose positions are covered by Republic Act 6758, otherwise known as the
Compensation and Position Classification Act of 1989, as amended, as well as military and
uniformed personnel, shall be covered by this Act.
The measure provides that the amount necessary for the grant of COLA for government
employees shall be charged against the annual General Appropriations Act, particularly the
Miscellaneous Personal Benefit Fund (MPBF) or any savings realized by the Government from
the current GAA.
Alejano said in spite of the previous adjustments in the salaries of government employees
over the last few years, their current income still fails to cope with ever increasing costs of basic
necessities as reflected in the yearly increase in the consumer price index.
He said it is high time that these government workers be granted additional assistance to
alleviate the effects of rising cost due to inflation in order to sustain decent living.
For his part, Acedillo said the State should always see to it that its workers are shielded at
all times from the erratic economic conditions brought about by spiraling prices of basic goods
and commodities in the county and in world market and other related factors.
Alejano said the grant of COLA could be the best alternative in case the national
government is not yet ready at this time to implement another round of adjustment in the
prevailing salary rates, as provided in the proposed amended Compensation and Position
Classification Act or Salary Standardization Law No. 4 (SS4) of which he and Acedillo have also
introduced in the present Congress.
He added that this piece of legislation could be the best compromise to fast track the
implementation of a long overdue salary increase for government workers. (30) mvip

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