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President Marcos Jr. to Consider State Workers’ Service Recognition Incentive Based on Fiscal Capacity

Taguig City, Philippines – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. stated that the decision to grant a service recognition incentive (SRI) to government employees will depend on the government's financial position at the end of the fiscal year.

According to Philippines News Agency, During an interview in Taguig City, when asked about the possibility of government workers receiving the SRI before the year's end, Marcos emphasized the need to assess the country's financial capability. He mentioned that such decisions are typically made after evaluating the fiscal situation at the end of the year. Last year, an administrative order (AO) issued by Marcos authorized a one-time SRI, capped at PHP20,000, for employees in the executive department. This incentive was extended to civilian personnel in national government agencies, including those in state universities and colleges, government-owned or -controlled corporations, and members of the military, police, fire, and jail personnel under the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

The AO also allowed for the possibility of granting the SRI to employees of both houses of Congress, the Judiciary, the Office of the Ombudsman, and Constitutional offices, subject to the discretion of their respective heads at a uniform rate not exceeding PHP20,000. Additionally, personnel of local government units (LGUs), including village workers, may receive the incentive depending on the LGUs' financial capacity, within the constraints of their budgets as defined in the Local Government Code of 1991.