Gov’t workers to receive service incentives

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said President Marcos has approved the release of a one-time Service Recognition Incentive (SRI) to qualified government workers ahead of the holiday celebrations.

In a statement, Budget Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman said on Monday, Dec. 19, that the one-time SRI shall be released at a uniform amount not exceeding P20,000 for each qualified government personnel.

The grant of an SRI seeks to incentivize government employees for unwavering commitment and dedication in the performance of their duties and responsibilities towards quality and responsive delivery of public services.

"We sincerely thank President Marcos Jr. for the approval of the SRI grant for our public servants. This only shows that the President acknowledges the diligence and dedication of our state workers. This is truly an early gift for them this holiday season," Pangandaman said.

Civilian personnel in national government agencies, including those in state universities and colleges and government owned or controlled corporations, occupying regular, contractual or casual positions, are qualified to receive the one-time incentive.

Qualified government workers likewise include military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines under the Department of National Defense, and uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police, and Bureau of Fire Protection.

It also covers Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, the Bureau of Corrections, the Philippine Coast Guard and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority.

Employees of the Senate, House of Representatives, Judiciary, Office of the Ombudsman, and Constitutional Offices vested with fiscal autonomy may also be granted a one-time SRI by their respective heads of office, Pangandaman said.

The grant of the one-time SRI to employees in local government units (LGUs), including those in the barangays, shall be determined by their respective sanggunian depending on their financial capability.

Local Water Districts may also grant the SRI to their employees at a uniform rate to be determined by their Board of Directors.

Meanwhile, government agencies and state-owned companies are exempted from the coverage of Republic Act No. 6758 may also grant the SRI to their employees at a uniform rate to be determined by their governing boards or agency heads.

An estimated 1,812,780 personnel from the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the government will be entitled to the SRI grant, the budget chief said.

The payment of the SRI to all qualified government employees shall not be earlier than Dec. 20, 2022.