Purisima: Gov't will pay for overtime of CIQ officers

Posted at 09/13/2012 6:58 PM | Updated as of 09/13/2012 7:17 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The government will give just and fair compensation for any overtime (OT) work rendered by Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) personnel.

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima made the clarifications on Thursday following reports that officers of the said agencies will no longer receive OT pay.

“There is absolutely no truth to the claim that we have removed overtime pay. We will continue to pay employees for the overtime work that will be done, but using government funds at government rates,” Purisima said in a press statement.

The government will shoulder the payment of the OT claims while it transitions to multiple shifts to provide 24/7 operations to airports.

“We hope to have in place a full 24/7 operations by the start of 2013, but while we are still increasing our manpower complement, we will pay employees for their overtime work with government funds at government rates,” Purisima said. 

Prior to the new policy, CIQ officers would charge their overtime work to airline companies at rates higher than the government’s pay scheme. 

“We cannot allow the growth of our tourism industry to be held back by a select few who have benefited from a long standing practice that has made the Philippines a less competitive destination,” he added.

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez said the practice of charging overtime pay to airline companies is not helping the tourism campaign.

“We must align our policies so that our airports make the Philippines a more competitive destination. CIQ operations are basic government services that government should provide at any time of the day,” Jimenez said.