President Aquino orders early release of bonuses for government workers

MANILA, Dec. 9 (PNA) — Acting on instructions issued by President Benigno S. Aquino III, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released a total of P6.2 billion to support the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) for government employees, which was made available to government workers as early as end of November.

The PEI, which is normally distributed to public servants in December, was released a full month ahead of its regular release schedule to accommodate the urgent needs of government employees nationwide, particularly those stricken by a succession of severe calamities, including the more recent 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Bohol and typhoon Yolanda.

The Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) — which is distributed to employees at P5,000 each — shall be granted across the board to all public officials and employees holding regular plantilla positions in departments/agencies, state universities and colleges, and government-owned or controlled corporations.

Uniformed/military personnel will likewise be supported by this release, as well as contractual and casual personnel who have rendered at least nine (9) months of service for 2013.

“President Aquino understands the urgent needs of those affected by typhoons and disasters, especially our government employees who’ve worked tirelessly to help other Filipinos recover in the wake of so many calamities.

Aside from the distribution of their year-end bonuses, we have also facilitated the advanced release of the PEI to government employees to help alleviate their plight and allow them to prepare for the larger expenses of the forthcoming holiday season,” DBM Secretary Florencio Abad said.

The release of the incentives will benefit a total of 1,232,717 government employees. The full amount of the incentive will be received by employees still in service as of October 31, 2013. Previously, the PEI was granted only to employees who were in service as of December 31.

“Aside from the aid that the incentive brings, it also acknowledges the efforts made by our government employees to accomplish key goals and targets that the President set for our implementing agencies this year.

Through the active contribution of their work in their respective agencies, many of our employees have indeed played a central role in fulfilling the administration’s commitments to the Filipino people,” Abad said. (PNA)