MANILA, Philippines?It looks like a significant other isn?t the only thing President Benigno Aquino III will be missing this Christmas.
The Chief Executive won?t be getting his P10,000 share of the multibillion-peso productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) bonus that he himself granted all government employees in time for the holidays.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte made the announcement by way of correcting an earlier statement that said President Aquino had already received his PEI.
?Upon checking with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the finance staff of the Office of the President, this is incorrect because under the Constitution, the President can only receive his salary and no other emoluments,? Valte told reporters.
President Aquino on Nov. 25 issued Administrative Order No. 3 authorizing a one-time uniform PEI of P10,000 for all government employees.
?(The) economy has stabilized; investor confidence, trust and faith in the Philippine government have been restored; plans for the effective implementation of government programs such as on education, health, poverty alleviation and job generation are pursued under the platform of good governance,? Mr. Aquino said in the AO.
?(These) accomplishments were achieved through the unwavering support, commitment and collaborative efforts of all government employees from all sectors and levels of Philippine bureaucracy,? he added.
The DBM said that of the P10,000, P7,000 will come from national government savings through the DBM, while P3,000 will come from the savings of the respective agencies.
?In the event that agencies do not have sufficient savings, they may partially grant their portion at a uniform rate,? a DBM said in a news release.
The DBM last week announced that it had released to the Department of Education (DepEd) P5.57 billion representing the P10,000 PEI of 556,971 school teachers, principals and DepEd employees.
Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad said that by Dec. 17, the DBM would have fully released the full P8 billion national government counterpart in the PEI for 1.16 million national government employees.
?This time around, our teachers will receive their PEI within the holiday season, unlike in the past when they received it late, like sometime before summer,? Abad said.
?We acknowledge the DepEd for their work in ensuring the timely release of our teachers? PEI,? he added.