Aquino OKs 2015 productivity incentive to gov't employees

President Aquino signed Executive Order (EO) 181, "Implementation of the Provisions of FY 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA) on the Grant of the FY 2015 Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) to Government Employees."

In a radio interview Saturday, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that under EO 181, the government will give one-time grant of PEI equivalent to one-month basic salary for agencies that have complied with requirements of the Productivity Enhancement Incentive.

Among those who will receive the bonus will be employees from the national government agencies, state universities and colleges, Congress, judiciary, Civil Service Commission, Commission on Audit, Commission on Elections, Office of the Ombudsman and local government units.

Local water districts and government financial institutions will also receive the one-time grant.

"Pero kailangan talaga na—under Section 4—kailangang ma-meet ng mga agencies ang mga requirement para makapagbigay sila ng one-time PEI equivalent to one-month basic salary," Valte said over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

For those government agencies to receive the bonus, there must be an achievement of "at least 90 percent of their fiscal year 2014 target under at least two performance indicators for at least one major final output under ‘operations,'" she said.

"Kailangan compliant sila doon sa ‘transparency seal’ at kailangan compliant din sila sa posting or publication ng ‘Citizen’s Charter’ ng kanilang agency," Valte added.

The submission of requirements has been ongoing since last year because that is part of the government's performance-based incentive system, she explained.

The original target was fiscal year 2014, and Valte said they expect that agencies have been able to comply to all the requirements for the grant of the incentive.

For the government personnel to receive the incentive, they must have four months tenure in government before May 31, 2015.

Consultants or laborers hired through job contracts, student workers and apprentices and individuals as well as groups whose services are engaged through job orders, contract of services and other similarly situated are excluded from receiving the incentive, Valte added.

The government normally gives P5,000 every year to regular employees, but the newly signed EO allows it to extend a productivity incentive equivalent to one-month salary.