NAVOTAS Rep. Toby Tiangco has filed a bill seeking a “no work, no pay” policy in the 17th Congress following the absences in the past Congresses that delayed the passage of bills because of the lack of a quorum.
His House Bill 412 would impose salary deductions on members who will fail to attend regular and special sessions for unjustifiable reasons.
“Previous Congresses required four session days, which was later shortened to three days from Monday to Wednesday to enable members to attend to the needs of their constituents,” Tiangco said.
“Despite this change in session days, the attendance of House members has not improved. Their presence is required to represent the people and give their constituents a vote in Congress.”
The deductions would be computed by dividing the monthly salary by the number of sessions equals salary per session day, and then multiplying the salary per session day to the number of absences that equal the total deductions on the representative’s pay.
The Civil Service Commission, the Commission on Audit and the Department of Budget and Management would provide the implementing rules and regulations of the proposed law in coordination with Congress’ accounting department.