MANILA – Government agencies have the funds for their employees’ night differential pay but if they lack financing this will be sourced from the national budget, an official of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said.

DBM Organization, Position Classification, and Compensation Bureau Director Gerald Janda, during the Public Briefing aired over PTV4 on Thursday, said government agencies need to get the funds for this expense from their Personal Services budget.

“Kung may kakulangan ay maghahanap po ng pondo sa GAA (General Appropriations Act) (If there is deficiency then we will look for funding from the GAA),” he said.

Janda said DBM will coordinate with the office of Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairman Karlo Alexei Nograles to harmonize Republic Act No. 11701, which grants night shift differential pay to state workers, with that of DBM Budget Circular No. 8, issued in December 1995, which has the same policy.

He said government workers rendering work beyond their regular schedule of between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. or those who need to put in additional work from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. of the following day will be qualified for the said pay.

He, however, clarified that state workers who are on call 24/7 are not covered by this pay policy.

Section 5.3 of DBM BC No. 8. states that “when an employee working in a regular night shift falling within the 6:00 pm to 6 am period renders services in excess of the regular 8-hour night shift, the excess hours shall be compensated in accordance with the rules and regulations of overtime compensation.”

Janda said they have received a copy of RA No. 11701 and will be in touch with the CSC for the immediate issuance of the law’s guidelines. (PNA)