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P10,000 incentive for state workers, uniformed personnel

GOVERNMENT workers in the executive department are set to receive up to P10,000 one-time Service Recognition Incentive (SRI).

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Administrative Order (AO) 45 on December 24, 2021, granting the SRI, saying it is imperative to provide incentives and assistance to public servants who have been affected not only by the Covid-19 pandemic, but also by various natural calamities.

Entitled to receive the SRI under AO 45 are civilian personnel in national government agencies (NGAs), including those in state universities and colleges (SUCs) and government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCCs) occupying regular or casual positions.

The SRI will also be given to military personnel and uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Corrections, Philippine Coast Guard, and National Mapping and Resource Information Authority.

“The government continues to acknowledge all public servants for their collective and unceasing participation in and invaluable contribution to the establishment of streamlined government processes and responsive delivery of services to the public, especially in the midst of the prevailing public health emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” stated the AO 45, which was released to media Monday, December 27.

Malacañang clarified, however, that the SRI will only be granted to civilian personnel who are occupying regular, contractual or casual positions, and that the personnel are still in the government service as of November 30, 2021.

The personnel must have also rendered at least a total or an aggregate of four months of satisfactory service as of November 30, the AO stated.

Those who have rendered a total of three months of satisfactory service as of November 30, 2021 will be entitled to a 40 percent share of the SRI; 30 percent for two-month service; 20 percent – one month; and 10 percent – less than one-month service.

Another condition set is that the employees have not received any additional year-end benefit in 2021.

Not included in the SRI grant are those engaged but without employer-employee relationship and whose compensation are funded from non-Personnel Services appropriations or budgets, such as consultants, laborers, student workers and apprentices, and groups whose services are engaged through job orders or contracts of service.

AO 45 stated that the SRI grant will be sourced from the available Personnel Services allotments for NGAs, SUCs, military and uniformed personnel, while for GOCCs, the amount required will be charged against their respective approved corporate operating budgets for 2021.

“Should the identified funding source provide insufficient to cover the maximum allowable rate of the SRI, a lower but uniform amount shall be paid to all qualified employees of the NGA or GOCC,” the AO added.

The order also allowed the legislative and judicial departments, as well as other offices vested with fiscal autonomy to grant a one-time SRI to their employees, chargeable against the available released allotment of their respective agencies.

Employees in local government units, water districts, and agencies exempted from the coverage of Republic Act 6758, may also be granted the SRI, but depending on the offices’ financial capability.

Duterte said the SRI must be given not earlier than December 21, 2021. (LMY)

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