3 pending House Bills are a waste of people's money


By Rose de la Cruz


Three pending bills in the House of Representatives which seeks to make early retirement at 56 lucrative for civil servants to leave early so fresh blood can be infused in the state offices seem to be a waste of people’s money.


Why in the first place are we in a hurry to retire those still wanting and still able to work in government and ensuring a good compensation so they leave and get in fresh minds into the system?


This contravenes what President Duterte has been working for—removing the age restriction on employment and encouraging the old- but- still productive minds to continue providing their brilliance and stamina into the system, instead of waiting for their departure in this planet.


Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr., Ako Bicol Partylist, has been pushing for the speedy passage of three bills to improve the plight of retirees. These are House Bills 82, 83 and 86.


Garbin said last Monday that HB 86 proposes optional early retirement at 56 years old for all government employees and hastens the turnover of government positions to younger professionals.


HB 82 seeks to update the computation of basic monthly pension to give retirees more say in the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). It is meant to amend the Government Service Insurance Act of 1997 by defining basic monthly pension and increasing the membership of the GSIS Board of Trustees.


Whereas basic monthly pension was previously computed as just a fraction of a government employee’s average monthly compensation at the time of retirement, House Bill 82 moves to have the basic monthly pension equal to the latest gross monthly compensation of the covered employee.


“We must change the computation of government employees' pension from the current averaging mode to the gross monthly computation. Binigay na natin sa mga government employees, wag na nating bawiin,” Garbin said during the committee hearing.


“Public officers and employees spent the best years of their lives serving the government and the public,” Garbin said. “They deserve to be given dignity at work for services rendered during their productive years.”


HB 83 for SSS pensioners, proposes to increase the minimum monthly pension of SSS beneficiaries from P1,200 to P3,200 for members with at least 10 years of accredited service and from P2,400 to P4,400 for members with 20 years of service.


“There is a need to ensure that the benefits given to covered employees are abreast with current financial realities,” Garbin said.

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