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Abad: Release of incentives to government employees set

THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Wednesday said the productivity enhancement incentive should be released to government employees not later than December 14.

The incentive is an annual across-the-board bonus to qualified government employees. The amount of which will depend on savings generated by the national government.

This year, the incentive for each employee amounts to P5,000, regardless of rank or function.

Besides the incentive, government workers are also set to receive the second half of their 13th month pay and cash gift, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said. The first half of the 13th month pay has already been distributed to government workers earlier in the year.

“Before the Aquino administration took over, there was no set date for the release of the incentive. In 2010, however, President Aquino decided to fix the release period to December each year, not only to establish national government savings in a credible, transparent way, but also to help our 1.25 million government employees deal with Yuletide expenses,” Abad said.

Employees eligible for the incentives are civilian personnel who occupy regular, contractual, or casual positions, whether appointive or elective, or those who render services on a full-time or part-time basis.

Personnel of the Armed Forces, Department of National Defense, and uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, the Philippine Coast Guard and the National Mapping Resource Information Authority are also eligible to receive the said bonus.

Local government employees and personnel of government-owned or -controlled corporations that are under the DBM’s supervision are also entitled to the bonus.

On the other hand, employees who do not have an employer-employee relationship with their departments or agencies, as well as those paid from non-personal services appropriations or budgets, are not entitled of the incentive.

Some of the disqualified employees include consultants and hired experts, laborers hired through job contracts and paid on a piecework basis, student interns, and individuals or groups engaged through job orders or contracts of service.

(VG Cabuag)

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