For the third straight year, President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an administrative order (AO) authorizing the grant of a service recognition incentive or SRI for eligible government employees. It can be released as early as this week.
“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,” Duterte said through AO #45 which was released today (December 27).
A digital copy of this AO has been embedded to this post. Keep in mind that the SRI can be lower than P10,000 depending on the availability of funds for the respective national government agencies.
According to AO #45, the following employees are eligible to receive the SRI:
- civilian personnel occupying regular, contractual or casual positions
- personnel still in the government service as of November 30
- personnel who have rendered at least a total of four months of satisfactory service as of November 30, inclusive of services rendered under any of the alternative work arrangements prescribed by the Civil Service Commission
- employees who did not receive any additional year-end benefit in 2021 over and above the benefit authorized under Republic Act (RA) No. 6686 or the Christmas bonus, as amended by RA No. 8441.
Those who’ve been employed in government service for less than four months will still be receiving SRI on a prorated basis. Those with three months of satisfactory service will get 40% of the SRI amount, those who have served for two months will get 30%, those who have served for one month will get 20%, while those who served for less than a month will get 10%.
Meanwhile, the following are not entitled to received the SRI as per AO #45:
- 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
- individuals and groups of people whose services are engaged through job orders, contracts of service or others similarly situated