Philippines: Pres. Aquino hints at surprise announcement Labor Day

In a news release Sunday evening, the Philippine Presidents Office of Communications (Press Secretary Office) released a statement/news story.

That says government workers will he ‘pleasently surprized’ with a announcement coming monday. "Is pushing to implement the fourth installment of the Salary Standardization Law 3"

Hints of a benifits and pay package, are among what have been whispered. But the Philippine Presidents spokespeople only said "Wait for it…" to media inquiries.

PCOO NEWS RELEASE: 

Bongabon, Oriental Mindoro: President Benigno S. Aquino III will make a “surprise” announcement for government workers on May 1, Labor Day.

In an interview with members of media after attending the birthday celebration of Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali, Jr., the President said he would officially announce that his administration is pushing to implement the fourth installment of the Salary Standardization Law 3.

Salary standardization is a government program aimed at providing government workers with salaries and wages commensurate to their job description and performance that will make it at par with world standards.

“We are authorized already by a particular law (to implement) SSL 3. So ang question (na) lang dito is kung kakayanin bang i-advance ‘yung next tranche which is the fourth tranche of the increase,” the President said.

“So makukumpleto na po ‘yung SSL 3. Perhaps, one month earlier than originally planned,” he added.

The President added that he would be meeting with labor leaders and stakeholders on May 1 to discuss ways and means to improve employee-employer labor relations.

“Yes, there’s a dialogue. We’ve prepared for it …and will be fine-tuning the questions and answers and their recommendations,” the President said.