Bill seeks to introduce ‘no work, no pay’ policy for absentee Congressmen

  • A new bill seeks to adopt a “no work, no pay” policy in Congress
  • The measure proposes to deduct the salaries of absentee congressmen who fail to attend sessions
  • Congress had shortened the number of session days per week but attendance has not improved

A new bill, which seeks to establish a “no work, no pay” policy for members of Congress who skip work and fail to show up in Congressional sessions, has been filed in the House of Representatives.

House Bill 412, authored by Navotas City Representative Toby Tiangco, proposes that salary deductions would be made to lawmakers who fail to attend the regular and special sessions for unjustifiable cause.

According to the proposed legislation, each lawmaker’s salary will be computed using the monthly salary minus total deductions.

The total deductions would refer to salary per session day multiplied by the number of absences. Meanwhile, daily salary is computed via monthly salary divided by the number of session days.

Tiangco says there are currently no regulations that discourage or sanction absentee legislators who fail to attend sessions where laws and other measures are being decided upon.

“Notwithstanding the express mandate of the Constitution and existing laws, some members of Congress have failed to promptly, effectively, and efficiently carry out and perform the mandate of their office by reason of their failure to regularly attend sessions of Congress. This situation may very well be seen as unfair, considering that ordinary citizens are subjected to the ‘no work, no pay’ policy,” he explained in a statement, as previously quoted by Rappler.

Congress had shortened the number of session days per week to Monday to Wednesday so that legislators can attend to their respective districts beginning Thursdays.

However, Tiangco pointed out that this still did not improve the attendance record in the House of Representatives.

“Despite this change in session days, still, the attendance of House members has not improved. With the adoption of this policy, the avowed goal of government to improve the standard of living of the ordinary citizen, and to achieve sustainable development through effective legislation will be more efficiently achieved,” he explained.