by Rimaliza A. Opiña
The Department of Budget and Management has issued a memorandum circular clearing the issuance of productivity incentives for this year.
In a letter to Mayor Mauricio Domogan and the city council, the City Legal Office said DBM Circular 2013-3 issued on Nov. 21 by Sec. Florencio Abad could be used as basis for the passage of an ordinance for the grant of a productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) for the current year.
In the memorandum, PEIs for local government employees including those in the barangays who are compensated through monthly honoraria may be granted a one-time incentive at rates determined by their respective municipal or city councils, depending on the LGUs financial capacity.
However, the DBM said the PEI shall be charged against LGU funds for fiscal year 2013 subject to personnel services limitation. “An LGU shall exercise prudence in the use of funds. In determining the amount of PEI, the sanggunian shall ensure that the same is reasonable and the expenditure will not adversely affect delivery of services to the public.”
The DBM said payment of PEIs shall be made not earlier than Nov. 15.
For those in the national government, a P5,000 across the board has been allowed by the DBM.
Employees who are covered by the PEI are civilian workers occupying regular, contractual, or casual positions; appointive or elective; military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of National Defense; uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police; Bureau of Fire Protection; Bureau of Jail Management and Penology; Philippine Coast Guard, National Mapping and Resource Information Authority; and employees of the local government.
Those excluded from receiving a PEI are consultants and experts hired to perform specific services, laborers hired through job contracts (pakyaw) and those paid on piecework basis, apprentices, and individuals or groups whose services are engaged through job orders, contracts of services or others who were hired without an employer-employee relationship and are paid from “non-personnel appropriations.”