DBM grant mid-year bonus of government employees
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has reiterated some provision of the guidelines covering the mid-year bonus of government employees.
“We have been receiving queries on the guidelines for the grant of mid-year bonus, particularly for government employees who qualify based on their length of service, but have not yet received a performance rating by their respective agencies," the department said on Friday.
A Budget Circular issued by Budget Secretary Florencio Abad on April 28, 2016 specified the rules for government workers to qualify for a mid-year bonus payable on May 15, 2016.
In line with Budget Circular 2016-3, a government employee must have rendered at least four months of service from July 1, 2015 to May 5, 2016 to qualify.
Civilian and military personnel whether regular, casual, or contractual in nature, appointive or elective, full-time or part-time should be currently in service as of May 15, 2016.
A worker should have received at least a satisfactory performance rating in the immediately preceding rating period, the DBM emphasized.
According to Memorandum Circular No. 6, s. 2012, a performance evaluation shall be regularly conducted by all agencies twice a year or once every semester following the guidelines prescribed by the Civil Service Commission.
"However, if the organizational needs of the agency concerned require a shorter or longer period, the minimum evaluation period shall be at least 90 days or three months," DBM noted.
The mid-year bonus is considered as 14th month pay, equivalent to a month's basic salary under Executive Order No. 201, signed by President Benigno Aquino III in February.