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PBBM directs the distribution of SRI and rice stipends to government personnel.

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The executive department’s employees will get a service recognition incentive (SRI) and all government employees will receive a one-time rice allowance for this year, according to administrative orders (AOs) issued by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Saturday.

According to Undersecretary Cheloy Garafil, the person in charge of the Office of the Press Secretary, the President’s AO permits the granting of a one-time SRI at a uniform rate not exceeding PHP20,000 for persons employed by the executive department.

Government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCCs), state universities and colleges (SUCs), regular, contractual, or casual employees, members of the military and the police, as well as firefighters and jail employees working for the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), are all eligible to receive the incentive, according to Garafil.

The SRI would also be given to staff members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), she noted.

According to Garafil, the incentive for NGAs, SUCs, and military and uniformed personnel will be paid for out of the national budget for 2022 or from the released Personnel Services allotment under Republic Act (RA) 11639.

In accordance with the President’s decision, she added, “employees of the Judiciary, Office of the Ombudsman, and Constitutional offices may also be provided a one-time SRI by their respective heads of offices at a standardized sum not exceeding PHP20,000.”

According to Garafil, employees of local government units (LGUs), including those working in the villages, may also be eligible for the incentive, according to the LGUs’ financial capacity and the financial restrictions imposed by the Local Government Code of 1991.

Allowable rice

According to Garafil, Marcos also issued an AO approving the distribution of one-time rice assistance to all government employees.

Civilian employees in NGAs, including those in SUCs, GOCCs, government financial institutions (GFIs), government instrumentalities with corporate powers, and government corporate entities occupying regular, contractual, or casual positions are eligible to receive the rice subsidy, according to the official.

Personnel in the military, police, fire, and prison systems are also eligible for the rice help. Employees of BuCor, PCG, and NAMRIA will also benefit from the assistance, Garafil continued.

The release of assistance to people and groups whose services are contracted through job orders (JO), contracts of service (COS), or other similar working arrangements stipulated under a Commission on Audit circular order is also authorized under Marcos’ AO, according to her.

According to her, the allowance for GOCCs would come from their respective authorized operational budgets for the Fiscal Year 2022, while the rice support for NGAs, military personnel, and uniformed personnel would be paid for out of the Contingent Fund established by RA 11639.

The AOs have not yet been made available by Malacaang.

Group bargaining agreement

State-run Radio Television Malacaang (RTVM) reported in a Facebook post that Marcos was present when the Office of the President (OP) Management and the Office of the President Employees Network (OPEN) signed the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) incentive.

OP Management executive secretary Lucas Bersamin and OPEN president Robert Mananquil signed the CNA on Friday at the Christmas party held at the Malacanang Palace’s Mabini Grounds.

Since 2014, OPEN, the officially recognized employees’ association in the OP, has worked alongside OP Management to pursue the holistic development of its human resources, particularly OP’s rank-and-file workforce.

The Civil Service Commission registered the first CNA between OPEN and OP in 2014, and two further CNAs were signed in 2016 and 2020.

The relevant laws of the nation permit government employee associations to sign CNAs with the organizations that employ them in order to demonstrate their respect for one another and their cooperation in advancing the rights of human resources while preserving the organization’s ability to provide high-quality services.

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