PNoy issues EO for GOCC workers' pay hike

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 23 2016 06:47 PM

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III has issued an executive order (EO) to increase the salaries of workers in government- owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs).

The Chief Executive signed EO 203 on March 22 adopting a Compensation and Position Classification System (CPCS) and a general index of occupational services (IOS) for the GOCC sector covered by Republic Act 10149 and for other purposes.

The same order bars the governing boards of all GOCCS, whether chartered or non-chartered, from negotiating with their offices and employees the economic terms of their collective bargaining agreements. 

CNA (collective negotiation agreements) incentives, which primarily cover savings from the corporate operating budget of chartered GOCCs, shall continue to be governed by the policies and guidelines established by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) but shall now be extended to cover non-chartered GOCCs to promote uniformity of allowable incentives within the GOCC sector.

The scheme will be implemented by the Governance Commission for GOCCs and shall be funded from the corporate operating budgets of the GOCCs as approved by the GCGC and those entities approved by the DBM for those getting subsidies from the national government.

The EO also prescribed an early retirement incentive plan.

"Ito yung inaantay na counterpart ng EO 201 na nailabas nung nakaraang buwan hinggil naman sa salary standardization ng mga empleyado sa national government agencies at pati yung military and uniformed personnel kasama na ang kapulisan, Coast Guard, NAMRIA (National Mapping and Resource Information Authority), pati BJMP (Bureau of Jail Management and Penology) at BFP (Bureau of Fire Protection)," said Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma.

"Magiging epektibo ito upon publication katulad ng naunang [EO] 201. Katulad nung naunang EO 201, ito ay magiging batayan sa pagkakaroon ng salary adjustments ng mga nasa GOCC sector at ang funding ay kukunin sa pondo ng mga kinauukulang korporasyon ayon sa kanilang financial capability."

The EO covers all GOCCs, government financial institutions, as well as government instrumentalities with corporate powers or government corporate entities including their subsidiaries.