President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has issued administrative orders (AOs) giving a service recognition incentive (SRI) for staff in the executive department as well as a one-time rice stipend for all government employees for this year.
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.
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 Malacañang.
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