(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 13 June 2024) Easterlies affecting the eastern sections of Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Easterlies. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from Southwest to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Monday, 18 December 2023

Over 1.8M state workers receive cash incentives starting Dec. 15

Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Mina F. Pangandaman complimented President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. for authorizing the grant of the Service Recognition Incentive (SRI) to more than 1.8 million government employees beginning today, December 15.

“This is in recognition of the tireless dedication of our public servants. This is one way of making them feel that the government acknowledges their good work and efficient performance. On behalf of the DBM, I commend President BBM for approving Administrative Order No. 12 authorizing the grant of the Service Recognition Incentive—which has been implemented since 2019—to government employees for fiscal year 2023,” said Sec. Pangandaman.

“As the order notes, administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. ‘recognized all government employees for their collective and invaluable contribution to the government’s continuing efforts in pursuing the objectives, commitments, targets, and deliverables under the Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028 and the President’s 8-Point Socioeconomic Agenda,” the budget secretary added.

Qualified state workers to receive SRI

The AO authorized the grant of a one-time SRI at a uniform rate not exceeding P20,000 for each of the following personnel:

- For Executive Branch: civilian personnel in national government agencies (NGAs), including those in state universities and colleges (SUCs), and government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs) occupying regular, contractual or casual positions; and military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines under the Department of National Defense, and uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology under the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Bureau of Corrections under the Department of Justice, the Philippine Coast Guard under the Department of Transportation, and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

- For Legislative and Judicial Departments and other offices vested with fiscal autonomy, local water districts, and in agencies exempted from the coverage of RA No. 6758.

- For local government units (LGUs), the grant of the SRI shall be determined by their respective sanggunian depending on the LGU’s financial capability, subject to the PS limitation in LGU budgets under RA No. 7160.

To qualify to receive the SRI, the AO emphasized the following conditions:

- The civilian personnel are occupying regular, contractual or casual positions;

-  The personnel are still in the government service as of 30 November 2023;

- The personnel have rendered at least a total or an aggregate of four months of satisfactory service as of 30 November 2023, inclusive of services rendered under any of the alternative work arrangements prescribed by the Civil Service Commission;

- Those who have rendered less than a total or an aggregate of four months of satisfactory service as of 30 November 2023 shall be entitled to a pro-rated SRI; and

- The employees have not received any additional year-end benefit in FY 2023 over and above the benefit authorized under Republic Act (RA) No. 6686, as amended by RA No. 8441.

Excluded in SRI

Excluded from the grant of the SRI are those who engaged without employer-employee relationship and whose compensation are funded from non-Personnel Services (PS) appropriations/budgets, such as consultants and experts engaged for a limited period to perform specific activities or services with expected outputs; laborers engaged through job contracts (pakyaw) and those paid on piecework basis; student workers and apprentices; and individuals and groups of people whose services are engaged through job orders, contracts of service or other similarly situated.

The President also earlier approved AO No. 13 which authorized the grant of one-time gratuity pay not exceeding P5,000 for each qualified COS/JO worker in recognition of their hard work and valuable participation in the implementation of various programs, activities, and projects (P/A/Ps) in the government, as well as their pivotal role in the delivery of government services amidst the present socio-economic challenges. (DBM/PIA-Caraga).