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More Benefits For Government Engineers, Scientists, Researchers Under A New Law

Government scientists, engineers, researchers, and other science and technology (S&T) personnel will get more benefits under the law signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

The president signed Republic Act 11312 which the law revised Republic Act 8439 or the Magna Carta for scientists, engineers, researchers, and other S&T personnel in government by not imposing limits on additional honoraria.

“Under the law, science and technology personnel who rendered service beyond the established regular workload of scientists, technologists, researchers, and technicians whose broad and superior knowledge, expertise, or professional standing in a specific field contributes to productivity and innovativeness shall be entitled to receive honorarium subjects to rules to be set by the department,” according to the new law.

Additional benefits include retired employees are qualified to undertake scientific research doings and may be rehired on contractual basis. If due to compulsory retirement, it may be extended for a maximum period of five years.

Services rendered during the period of extension shall be credited as part of government service, and such extension shall entitle the employee to leave credits and other benefits, according to the new law.


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