By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Christopher “Bong” Go welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval to grant a one-time gratuity pay to all Contract of Service and Job Order Workers in the government in recognition of their important role in the delivery of public service, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic and other crisis situations the country has faced the past year.
On Wednesday, December 29, the President issued Administrative Order No. 46 which covers all COS and JO workers employed in national government agencies, including state universities and colleges, government-owned and controlled corporations, as well as local water districts.
The AO likewise encourages local government units to provide gratuity to their eligible employees.
“Allow me to thank each and every government worker from the highest posts to the lowest ranks. Our civil servants, individuals who dedicate their lives to the service of the Filipino people, must be given an opportunity to pursue a career in the service which allows them to enjoy competitive wages so they can address their personal needs and that of their families,” said Go.
Under the Order, COS and JO workers are entitled to a maximum of P5,000 each, provided they have rendered at least four months of service as of December 15, 2021. Those employed for less than four months may still receive the gratuity pay on a pro rata basis.
Workers who have rendered at least three months of service are entitled to a maximum of P4,000. Meanwhile, those with at least two months or less of service may receive up to P3,000 and P2,000, respectively. (ai/mtvn)