Malacañang issues AO for the release of SRI 2021

Malacañang issues AO for the release of SRI 2021

President Duterte signed Administrative Order No. 45, which authorizes government employees to receive a one-time service recognition incentive (SRI). For each government employee, the bonus shall not exceed P10,000.

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 45

AUTHORIZING THE GRANT OF SERVICE RECOGNITION INCENTIVE TO GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FOR FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2021

WHEREAS, Section (4)(h) of Congress Joint Resolution (JR) No. 4 (s. 2009) authorizes the grant of (i) incentives to reward an employee's loyalty to government service and contributions to the agency's continuing viable existence; (ii) incentives as rewards for exceeding agency financial and operational performance targets to motivate employee efforts toward higher productivity; and (iii) other existing benefits to be categorized by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) as incentives: WHEREAS, Section (17)(iv) of JR No. 4 provides that the President, upon the recommendation of the DBM, is authorized to update the Compensation and Position Classification System for civilian personnel and the Base Pay Schedule for military and uniformed personnel, as well as policies on and levels of allowances, benefits, and incentives applicable to all government personnel;

WHEREAS, Administrative Order (AO) Nos. 19 (s. 2019) and 37 (s. 2020) authorized the grant of Service Recognition Incentive to government employees for Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020, respectively, in recognition of their hardwork, commitment and dedication to public service;

WHEREAS, the government continues to acknowledge all public servants for their collective and unceasing participation in and invaluable contribution to the establishment of streamlined government processes and responsive delivery of services to the public, especially in the midst of the prevailing public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, it is imperative to provide reasonable incentives and assistance to our public servants, who are impacted not only by the pandemic, but also by various natural calamities; NOW, THEREFORE, I, RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order:

SECTION 1. Service Recognition Incentive for Employees in the Executive Department. This Order authorizes the grant of a one-time Service Recognition Incentive (SRI) at a uniform rate not exceeding Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00) for each of the following personnel in the Executive Department:

a. 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

b. 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.

SECTION 2. Conditions on the Grant of the SRI. The grant of the SRI shall be subject to the following conditions:

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

b. The personnel are still in the goverment service as of 30 November 2021;

c. The personnel have rendered at least a total or an aggregate of four (4) months of satisfactory service as of 30 November 2021, inclusive of services rendered der any of the alternative work arrangements prescribed by the Civil Service Commission;

d. Those who have rendered less than a total or an aggregate of four (4) months of satisfactory service as of 30 November 2021 shall be entitled to a pro-rated share of the SRI, as follows:

Length of Sevice - Percentage of the Incentive

  • 3 months but less than 4 months - 40%
  • 2 months but less than 3 months - 30%
  • 1 month but less than 2 months - 20%
  • Less than 1 month - 10%

and

e. The employees have not received any additional year-end benefit in FY 2021 over and above the benefit authorized under Republic Act (RA) No. 6686, as amended by RA No. 8441.

SECTION 3. Exclusion from the Grant of the SRI. Those engaged without employer-employee relationship and whose compensation are funded from non-Personnel Services (PS) appropriations/budgets are excluded from the grant of the SRI, such as:

a. Consultants and experts engaged for a limited period to perform specific activities or services with expected outputs;
b. Laborers engaged through job contracts (pakyaw) and those paid on piecework basis; c. Student workers and apprentices; and
d. Individuals and groups of people whose services are engaged through job orders, contracts of service or others similarly situated.

SECTION 4. Funding Source of the SRI for Employees in the Executive Department. The funding source for the grant of the SRI to employees in the Executive Department shall be governed by the following:

a. For NGAs, including SUCs, and military and uniformed personnel, the amount required shall be charged against the available released Personnel Services (PS) allotments of the respective agencies under RA No. 11518 or the "FY 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA)":

In case of deficiency, the amount required may be charged against the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses allotment of the concerned government agency, subject to the rules on modification in allotments under Section 72 of the General Provisions of the FY 2021 GAA, and other pertinent budgeting, accounting and auditing rules and regulations;

b. For GOCCs, the amount required shall be charged against their respective approved corporate operating budgets (COBS) for FY 2021 only; and c. Should the identified funding source prove insufficient to cover the maximum allowable rate of the SRI, a lower but uniform amount shall be paid to all qualified employees of the NGA or GOCC.

SECTION 5. SRI for Employees in the Legislative and Judicial Departments and Other Offices Vested with Fiscal Autonomy. Employees of the Senate, House of Representatives, Judiciary, Office of the Ombudsman and Constitutional Offices vested with fiscal autonomy may likewise be granted a one-time SRI by their respective heads of office at a uniform rate not exceeding Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00) each, chargeable against the available released allotment of their respective agencies, subject to the conditions set in Section 2 hereof. Should the identified funding source prove insufficient to cover the maximum allowable rate of the SRI, a lower but uniform amount shall be paid to all qualified employees of the concerned office.

SECTION 6. SRI for Employees in Local Government Units (LGUS).

a. The grant of the one-time SRI to employees in LGUs, including those in the barangays, shall be determined by their respective sanggunians depending on the LGU's financial capability, subject to the PS limitation in LGU budgets under RA No. 7160 or the "Local Government Code of 1991," and the conditions set forth in Section 2 hereof, at a uniform rate not exceeding Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00), chargeable against their respective FY 2021 local government funds. Should the identified funding source prove insufficient to cover the maximum allowable rate of the SRI, a lower but uniform amount shall be paid to all qualified employees of the LGU; and

b. In determining the amount of the SRI, the sanggunians shall exercise prudence and judicious use of government funds, ensuring that the expenditure is reasonable and will not, in any way, adversely affect the delivery of services to the public.

SECTION 7. SRI for Employees in Local Water Districts (LWDs). LWDs may also grant the SRI to their employees at a uniform rate to be determined by their Boards of Directors (BOD), which shall not exceed Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00) each, chargeable only against their respective BOD-approved FY 2021 COBS, subject to the conditions set forth in Section 2 hereof. Should the identified funding source prove insufficient to cover the maximum allowable rate of the SRI, a lower but uniform amount shall be paid to all qualified employees of the LWD.

SECTION 8. SRI for Employees in Agencies Exempted from the Coverage of RA No. 6758, as Amended. NGAS and GOCCS exempted from the coverage of RA No. 6758,as amended, may also grant the SRI to their employees at a uniform rate to be determined

by their governing boards or agency heads, which shall not exceed Ten Thousand Pesos (P10,000.00) each, chargeable against the NGA's available funds and the GOCC's FY 2021 COB, subject to the conditions set forth in Section 2 hereof. Should the identified funding source prove insufficient to cover the maximum allowable amount of the SRI, a lower but uniform amount shall be paid to all qualified employees of the concerned agency. SECTION 9. Payment Date. The payment of the SRI to all qualified government employees shall not be earlier than 21 December 2021.

SECTION 10. Supplemental Guidelines. As may be necessary, the DBM shall issue supplemental guidelines to effectively implement this Order.

SECTION 11. Separability. If any provision of this Order is declared invalid or unconstitutional, the other provisions not affected thereby shall remain valid and subsisting.

SECTION 12. Repeal. All issuances, orders, rules and regulations or parts thereof which are inconsistent with the provisions of this Order are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.

SECTION 13. Effectivity. This Order shall take effect immediately following its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation. DONE, in the City of Manila, this 24th day of December of our Lord, , in the year Two Thousand and Twenty-One.


By the President:

SALVADOR C. MEDIALDEA 
Executive Secretary

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