Government workers will receive their 2018 mid-year bonus equivalent to one month basic salary starting May 15, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced on Wednesday.
In a statement, DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno said a total of PHP36.2 billion has been allocated for the mid-year bonuses of more than 1.5 million government employees. “The amounts required for the grant of FY (fiscal year) 2018 Mid-Year Bonus to personnel of National Government Agencies are charged against the agency-specific allocation for the payment of Mid-Year Bonus under the FY 2018 GAA (General Appropriations Act),” Diokno said.
Diokno cited Budget Circular No. 2017-2 which states that those who are qualified for a mid-year bonus include employees who have rendered at least four months of service from July 1, 2017 to May 15, 2018, remained in active government service as of May 15, and obtained at least a satisfactory performance rating in the applicable performance appraisal period.
The budget circular covers all positions of civilian personnel whether regular, contractual or casual in nature, appointive or elective, full-time or part-time created in the executive, legislative and judicial branches, constitutional commissions and other constitutional offices. Also covered are officials and employees of various local government units including barangays, and military uniformed personnel.
He said the funding requirement for the mid-year bonus has already been released to the agencies through the GAA.
Source: Press release of pna.gov.ph
Guidelines for the 2018 Mid-Year Bonus
The Mid-Year Bonus equivalent to one (1) month basic pay as of May 15 shall be given to entitled personnel not earlier than May 15 of the current year, subject to the following conditions:
- Personnel has rendered at least a total or an aggregate of four (4) months of service from July 1 of the immediately preceding year to May 15 of the current year;
- Personnel remains to be in the government service as of May 15 of the current year; and
- Personnel has obtained at least a satisfactory performance rating in the immediately preceding rating period, or the applicable performance appraisal period. If there is a need for a shorter period, it shall be at least ninety (90) calendar days or three (3) months, provided that the total or aggregate service under Item 5.1.1 hereof is complied with.
Those who have rendered a total or an aggregate of less than four (4) months of service from July 1 of the preceding year to May 15 of the current year, and those who are no longer in the service as of the latter date, shall not be entitled to the Mid-Year Bonus.