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COTABATO CITY (SDN) — Around the middle of December 2022, President Ferdinand R. Marcos. Jr. granted government employees in the Executive Department a one-time Php20,000 service recognition incentive (SRI).
The SRI also included rice allowance to be given to “civilian personnel in national government agencies (NGAs), covering those in state universities and colleges (SUCs), government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), regular, contractual or casual employees, members of the military and the police, as well as fire and jail personnel under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).”
Over at the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), may expect their SRI as well in the coming days or week.
In fact, the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (BARMM-MBHTE) headed by Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal (IQ) has announced that the SRI of all regular teaching and non-teaching personnel will soon receive their respective Php20,000 SRI in the coming days.
“For the information of all Regular teaching and non-teaching personnel of the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE)-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), your Service Recognition Incentive (SRI) has already been endorsed to the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) on 25th Jumada-Al Thani 1444, 18th January 2023,” the MBHTE said in its announcement in Pilipino.
“It is expected that in the following days it will be deposited in your ATM accounts. The SRI is amounting to Php20,000.”
One of the 15 ministries of the Bangsamoro government, the MBHTE is the biggest in terms of personnel as it covers the more than 22,000 teachers in the region, as well as the non-teaching employees.
The Bangsamoro region, established in 2018 by the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to implement the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), is made up of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Sur, Maguindanao del Norte, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi, as well as the 63 barangays or villages dubbed Special Geographic Area (SGA) that voted “yes” in a plebiscite in February 2019 to be under the BARMM jurisdiction.
According to the Philippine Atlas has 4,404,288 people. It has 116 municipalities: Basilan, 11 municipalities; Lanao del Sur, 39; Maguindanao, 36; Sulu, 19; and Tawi-Tawi, 11. Its component cities are Cotabato (the regional center and capital) in Maguindanao; Lamitan in Basilan; and Marawi in Lanao del Sur. — EKU (✓)