PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Monday signed an administrative order granting incentives to government employees under the executive branch in recognition of their “hardwork, commitment and dedication” to public service amid the coronavirus pandemic and the aftermath of typhoon Odette. 

Under Administrative Order 45, each personnel will get P10,000, including workers in national government agencies, military personnel, and uniformed police force, among others. 

Eligible civilian personnel are those occupying a regular, contractual, or casual position as of end-November, rendering at least four months of satisfactory service. Those who have provided services for less than four months will receive a prorated share. 

“The government continues to acknowledge all public servants for their collective and unceasing participation in and invaluable contribution to the establishment of streamlined government processes and responsive delivery of services to the public,” reads the order, “especially in the midst of the prevailing public health emergency due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic.” 

The incentive may also be granted in local government units and local water districts. 

The budget department will issue supplemental guidelines for implementation. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan