President Benigno Aquino 3rd has ordered a one-time grant of a performance-based bonus as an additional incentive to government workers.
Beginning June 1, 2015, state workers will get the bonus which is equivalent to their basic monthly salary.
In a statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino signed Executive Order (EO) 181 for this purpose.
He said “the one-time grant of the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI)[is]equivalent to either P5,000 or one month basic salary as of 31 May 2015.”
Covered by the order are civilian and military employees working in national government agencies, Congress, judiciary, Civil Service Commission, Office of the Ombudsman, government-owned or -controlled corporations including local water districts and financial institutions and local government units.
In a radio interview, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said agencies should first comply with certain requirements before they can release the incentives. Under Section 4 of EO 181, these requirements are: Achievement of at least 90 percent of the fiscal year 2014 targets under at least two performance indicators (quantity, quality, or timeliness) for at least one major final output under operations, posting of the transparency seal, and posting or publication of the citizen’s charter.
Local government units are required to comply with the requirements under the Good Financial Housekeeping of the Seal of Good Local Governance, while local water districts must record a positive net balance in the average net income for 12 months of operations prior to May 31.
“The submission of requirements has been ongoing since last year because it’s part of our performance-based incentive system. That’s why government agencies should have been doing this way before because if you look at it, we are looking at 2014 targets here,” Valte said.
Concerned agencies including the Department of Budget and Management are tasked to monitor compliance with the requirements.
Valte also clarified that only those employees who have been working in the government for at least four months prior to May 31 are qualified for the incentive.
Excluded from the new order are government-hired individuals without the employer-employee relationship, including consultants and experts, laborers hired through contracts, and student laborers or apprentices.