- Authorizing the Grant and Release of P6,000 from the Current Surplus in the Collections for SAJ to Each Judiciary Personnel
- Supreme Court Memorandum Order No. 07-13
February 5, 2013
SUPREME COURT MEMORANDUM ORDER NO. 07-13
AUTHORIZING THE GRANT AND RELEASE OF SIX THOUSAND PESOS (P6,000.00) FROM THE CURRENT SURPLUS IN THE COLLECTIONS FOR THE SPECIAL ALLOWANCE FOR THE JUDICIARY (SAJ) TO EACH OF THE PERSONNEL IN THE JUDICIARY
WHEREAS, Republic Act No. 9227 (entitled An Act Granting Additional Compensation in the Form of Special Allowances for Justices, Judges and All Other Positions in the Judiciary with the Equivalent Rank of Justices of the Court of Appeals and Judges of the Regional Trial Court, and for Other Purposes) authorizes the Court to increase the current legal fees and to impose new fees for the Judiciary Development Fund to enable the Judiciary to raise the funds needed to pay for the special allowances provided for in the law;
WHEREAS, the third paragraph of Section 3 of R.A. No. 9227 provides:
"If the collections from any increase in current fees and any new fees imposed after the effectivity of this Act exceed the amount needed to fund the special allowances granted to justices, judges and all other positions in the Judiciary with the equivalent rank of justices of the Court of Appeals and judges of the Regional Trial Court as authorized under existing laws, the surplus may be used by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to grant additional allowances exclusively to other court personnel not covered by the benefits granted under this Act. "
WHEREAS, in the resolution dated June 7, 2011 in the consolidated administrative matters A.M. No. 07-5-10-SC and A.M. No. 07-8-03-SC, the Court ordered that judiciary officials and personnel, who are not direct beneficiaries under R.A. No. 9227, may continue to receive additional allowance, in case of available surplus in the Special Allowance for the Judiciary (SAJ) Fund; cCAIDS
WHEREAS, the collections for the SAJ Fund are kept in a separate account with the Land Bank of the Philippines;
WHEREAS, the Fiscal Management and Budget Office (FMBO) has reported that, after payment of the SAJ for the month of January 2013, in accordance with the aforesaid resolution, dated June 7, 2011, in the consolidated administrative matters A.M. No. 07-5-10-SC and A.M. No. 07-8-03-SC, and the aforesaid paragraph 3, Section 3 of R.A. No. 9227, there would be enough surplus in the collections for the SAJ Fund, as of December 31, 2012, a part of which can be granted and released to the personnel.
NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of and pursuant to her authority under Presidential Decree No. 1949 (Judiciary Development Fund Decree), the third paragraph of Section 3 of R.A. No. 9227 and in accordance with Administrative Circular No. 52-2007, dated June 25, 2007, and the June 7, 2011 resolution in the consolidated administrative matters A.M. No. 07-5-10-SC and A.M. No. 07-8-03-SC, the Chief Justice hereby authorizes the grant and release as additional allowance to each of the personnel of the judiciary under permanent, temporary, coterminous, or casual status and who have rendered service for at least eight (8) months as of December 31, 2012 and who are not direct beneficiaries under R.A. No. 9227 the amount of SIX THOUSAND PESOS (P6,000.00) from the surplus of the fund, as of December 31, 2012, generated pursuant to R.A. No. 9227 for the period from May to December 2012.
Those who have rendered less than eight (8) months of service, as of December 31, 2012, shall receive a pro-rated amount, to wit:
Length of Service
|Seven (7) months but less than eight (8) months|| |
|Six (6) months but less than seven (7) months|| |
|Five (5) months but less than six (6) months|| |
|Four (4) months but less than five (5) months|| |
|Three (3) months but less than four (4) months|| |
|Two (2) months but less than three (3) months|| |
|One (1) month but less than two (2) months|| |
|Less than one (1) month|| |
Employees who have incurred vacation leave without pay during the eight-month period from May to December 2012 shall be deducted the corresponding amount of SAJ as follows:
Leave Without Pay
|1 day to 26 days|| |
|27 days to 53 days|| |
|54 days to 80 days|| |
|81 days to 107 days|| |
|108 days to 134 days|| |
|135 days to 163 days|| |
Employees who, during the period covered by the grant of the benefit, have died, retired compulsorily, or been separated from the service through no fault of their own, prior to December 31, 2012, shall still be entitled to the SAJ on a pro-rated basis, as follows:
Prior to Retirement/Death
(May 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012)
|Eight (8) months|| |
|Six (6) months to seven (7) months|| |
|Four (4) months to five (5) months|| |
|Two (2) months to three (3) months|| |
|One (1) month|| |
For the purpose of computing the number of months of service, the official or employee concerned shall be considered to have rendered one (1) full month of service on the month such official or employee died, retired or was separated from the service regardless of the actual date of death, retirement or separation from the service.
Those who have been found guilty of an administrative charge and have been penalized accordingly, except those who have been reprimanded or warned, during the eight-month period from May to December 2012 shall not be entitled to the benefit herein granted.
The judiciary personnel under this Memorandum Order include the personnel of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, the Philippine Judicial Academy and the Judicial and Bar Council.
This Memorandum Order takes effect immediately. The Presiding Justices of the Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan and Court of Tax Appeals, the Court Administrator, the Clerk of Court of the Supreme Court, the Chiefs of the Office of Administrative Services and the FMBO of the Supreme Court and the Chiefs of the Office of Administrative Services and the Financial Management Office of the Office of the Court Administrator shall forthwith implement it.
Issued this 5th day of February, 2013.
(SGD.) MARIA LOURDES P. A. SERENO