Curbing corruption-A A +A
Friday, May 2, 2014
SEN. Antonio Trillanes IV has a brilliant way to eliminate corruption in government and to attract competent civil servants -- increase their salaries.
Overworked civil servants know this is long overdue.
But people who know how to live within their means, those who spend less than what they earn, would not easily fall to corruption.
What we should worry about are those who need to borrow so that they can live within their means.
Under Senator Trillanes’s Senate Bill No. 1689 or the proposed Salary Standardization Law 4, the base pay of the President, the highest government rank, will increase to P500,000 from P120,000.
The vice president, Senate president and House speaker will have a base pay of P432,800.
Senators and members of the Lower House will have a base pay of P352,800.
At least they have something to lean on after the pork barrel was scrapped.
The bill seeks to raise the base pay of the lowest government rank, Job Grade 1, to P16,000 from the present rate of P9,000.
Base pay for military and uniformed personnel will range from P23,000 for a private to P282,800 for a four-star general.
The basic salary of the country’s more than half a million public school teachers will be raised from P18,549.00 a month to P36,567.
That should attract the best and the brightest to the teaching profession, the noblest profession.
Senator Trillanes said the salary hike in the public sector will plug the exodus of professionals, scientists and highly skilled workers who seek better paying jobs abroad.
Would our public school teachers, doctors and state meteorologists who went abroad for greener pastures return if his bill is passed?
No, Sir. The pay is still many times higher abroad.
Unless they’d become senators and congressmen.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 03, 2014.