Gov't employees get mid-year bonus
Bonus! According to a statement by the Department of Budget and Management, a mid-year bonus will be given to all civilian, military, and uniformed personnel for 2016 in accordance to Executive Order 201. The mid-year bonus is equivalent to one month basic salary as of May 15.
Based from the data of the number of filed positions in the Government Manpower Information System as of April 30, the mid-year bonus amounts to over P31 billion in salaries to be given to all government workers. The Department of Budget and Management has released to the various agencies in the government its special allotment release order (SARO) for government employees additional salary. Mid-year bonuses are given after May 15.
How to get the bonus
Employees must have the following requirements in order to be eligible for the mid-year bonus. These are:
Government personnel who have less than 4 months of service in the government or those that or no longer working for the government as of May 15 are not entitled to the mid-year bonus. The DBM has encouraged government agencies who have still not yet evaluated the performance of their personnel to do so immediately so that the qualifying employees may receive their rightly earned bonuses.
"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," said the DBM in a statement.
For local government units, mid-year bonuses are determined by the Sanggunian and the limits of the LGU budgets. If LGUs have insufficient funds, they may still opt to release bonuses albeit at a lower rate but uniform percentage of the monthly salary across all government personnel. For employees of government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), their bonuses are decided by the governing board based on the approved corporate operating budgets.