TACLOBAN CITY―Employees of the Government Service Insurance System in Maasin City, Southern Leyte have called for the abolition of Governance Commission for Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GCG), a policy-making body created during the administration of then President Benigno Aquino III.
Citing GCG’s “redundant, duplicative” purpose, Ma. Crisel Q. Inocando, union chapter president of GSIS-Maasin City, said the Aquino-initiated regulatory body “imperils the life of all GOCC employees.”
“For the past seven years, GOCCs have been complaining about the additional impositions and requirements laid down by the GCG, which hamper their day-to-day operations, thereby placing the GOCCs under their mercy. Consequently, the employees, especially the rank and file, had to suffer and bear with their inconsistencies,” Inocando said.
The union president said they have had enough of GCG’s control.
“It left us broke and helpless. GCG’s high control means low trust, high cost and low speed for employees,” she added.
Inocando believed that in the process of protecting the government’s ownership rights and institutionalizing transparency in corporate performance, the GCG became “another administrative layer in the already perplexed structure of checks and balances, which takes up valuable time and resources of the GOCCs.”
“The impact of GCG to people and this country can be considered as revenue cost of this government for seven years now,” Inocando said.
“The GCG has been using their power to put control over the rank-and-file employees’ rights for good life and bright future, instead of directing its power to the presidential appointees who have been enjoying lavishly in terms of compensation and benefits and has been untouchable since the enactment of RA 10149, as majority of the employees viewed during Aquino’s administration,” she added.
Inocando enumerated some of the drawbacks brought about by the creation of GCG.
“We don’t have a salary increase during the last eight years. We are being left out by the salaries of national offices. For example, our division chief salary minimum is only P42,000 plus, while national offices under Executive Order 201 after the second tranche is P56,000 salary,” Inocando said.
“We’ve got a big difference in salary level. After the RA 10149 was promulgated, we don’t have step increment anymore. The increase is now based on commendable performance, where slots are also limited. Our salary is flat now,” she added.
In their protest, Inocando stressed the stand of Kapisanan ng mga Manggagawa sa GOCCs at GFIs, a federation of 31 GOCCs and Government Financial Institutions under the regulation and supervision of GCG, saying GCG has become “inutile and anti-labor.”
“It has failed in its foremost mandate of implementing the Compensation and Position Classification System [CPCS],” the group’s statement said.
On May 27, 2017, KAMAGGFI wrote a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, urging him to order the review and revision CPCS implementing guidelines for GOCCs and GFIs with the end in view of making it realizable, labor friendly and achievable.”
Accordingly, GCG is devising scorecards for GOCCs and GFIs where a performance-based incentive is only granted if breakthrough results are achieved by a certain agency, saying this will push employees “to go beyond their day-to-day operations and achieve outcomes that have a significant impact on their customers and stakeholders while maintaining financial viability.”