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DBM applauds Marcos for granting SRI to government employees.

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President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s approval of the distribution of a one-time service recognition incentive (SRI) to qualified government employees in advance of the Christmas season was warmly welcomed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Monday.

Malacaang reported on Saturday that Marcos had approved the DBM’s recommendation to grant each qualifying government employee an SRI of not more than PHP20,000.

“We heartily appreciate President Marcos Jr. for approving the SRI grant for our government employees. To acknowledge the role of the government’s top officials in the work they do is what needs to be done right now (This just shows that our President acknowledges the hard work and dedication of government employees). This is genuinely an early holiday gift for them “Amenah Pangandaman, the DBM secretary, stated in a press release.

The SRI cannot be paid to all eligible government employees before December 20, 2022.

The grant of an SRI “seeks to continuously incentivize government employees for their unwavering commitment and dedication in the performance of their duties and responsibilities towards quality and responsive delivery of public services amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and current socioeconomic challenges,” according to the DBM.

Those who work in regular, temporary, or casual employment for national government agencies (NGAs), including state universities and colleges (SUCs) and government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), are eligible to earn the aforementioned one-time incentive.

Military members of the Philippine Armed Forces under the Department of National Defense, uniformed employees of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Corrections under the Department of Justice, Philippine Coast Guard under the Department of Transportation, and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

A one-time SRI may also be provided to employees of the Senate, House of Representatives, Judiciary, Office of the Ombudsman, and Constitutional Offices who have been granted budgetary autonomy by their respective heads of office, to be deducted from the agencies’ current released allotments.

Subject to the PS limitation in LGU budgets under RA No. 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991, the issuance of the one-time SRI to employees in LGUs, including those in the barangays, shall be decided by their respective Sanggunian councils based on the LGU’s financial competence.

The SRI may also be provided to employees of Local Water Districts (LWDs) at a consistent rate decided by their Board of Directors (BOD).

The SRI may also be provided to employees of GAs and GOCCs that are exempt from the provisions of RA No. 6758 at a consistent rate that will be decided by their governing boards or agency heads.

The SRI grant will be available to about 1,812,780 employees of the executive, legislative, and judicial departments of the government.

To qualify for the reward, the following requirements must be fulfilled:

-The civilian employees hold the regular, contract, or temporary employment;

-The employees are still employed as of November 30, 2022; and

As of 30 November 2022, the people have completed at least a total of four (4) months of good service, including any services completed under any of the alternative work arrangements outlined by the Civil Service Commission.

However, starting on November 30, 2022, those who have served for fewer than the sum total or aggregate of four months shall be eligible for a prorated part of the SRI, as follows:

less than 4 months, but more than -3 months (40 percent)

less than 3 months but more than -2 months (30 percent)

One month but not quite two months (20 percent)

-No more than a month (10 percent)

Employees who did not receive any additional year-end benefits in FY 2022 beyond those permitted by Republic Act (RA) No. 6686, as amended by RA No. 8441, are eligible for the SRI grant.

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