By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
Qualified personnel, both teaching and non-teaching, of the Department of Education (DepEd) are set to receive their remaining service recognition incentive (SRI) amounting to P3,000.
DepEd Undersecretary for Finance Service and Education Programs Delivery Unit Annalyn Sevilla, in a Facebook post, gave an update on the remaining balance of SRI which amounts to P3,000 for each qualified DepEd personnel.
Citing Memorandum No. OUF-2020-0051 dated February 7, 2020 on the “Full Payment of the 2019 Service Recognition Incentive (SRI),” Sevilla said that the “allotment cover from the DepEd Central Office is already released to the regions as basis for the payment of the P3,000 SRI.”
“Since the Sub-AROs have been issued to the respective DepEd Regional Offices Proper, the corresponding cash allocations have to be released to the said DepEd-ROs,” Sevilla explained.
“Hence, the DepEd- ROs have to closely coordinate with their DBM counterparts in their respective Regions for the issuance of Notices of Cash Allocation (NCAs) though we, in the Central Office, are making representations to the DBM-CO for the early release of the NCAs,” he added.
Sevilla clarified that the DepEd-ROs, however, “may adopt other arrangements/procedures to facilitate the payment of the remaining unpaid balance of the 2019 SRI.”
“Upon receipt of the cash allocations to cover the cash requirements of the Sub-AROs for the purpose, it is expected that all DepEd teaching and non-teaching personnel will be paid of the subject personnel benefit considering that the allotment downloaded to the ROs to cover the remaining unpaid portion of the 2019 SRI was based on the validated number of employees qualified for the grant of the subject benefit as submitted to the Budget Division, Finance Service, DepEd-Central Office by the concerned DepEd-ROs,” Sevilla explained.
In December, qualified employees of the DepEd received P7,000 after the Office of the President issued Administrative Order No. 19, series of 2019 which authorizes the grant of SRI at a “uniform amount” not exceeding P10,000 for each government employee for Fiscal Year 2019.
A portion of the P7,000 SRI which was released earlier was sourced from the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF) under the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA). The funds for the remaining P3,000 come from the pooling of the available Personnel Services (PS) savings as generated by all DepEd operating units.