Govt workers to start getting 2nd half of bonus

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 16 2012 11:11 AM | Updated as of Nov 17 2012 12:35 AM

MANILA - Government workers will start receiving the remaining half of their year-end bonuses.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said a government employee is entitled to receive a year-end bonus equivalent to one-month basic salary and a cash gift of P5,000.

The first half of their year-end bonus was released beginning May 1 with the remaining half to be released not earlier than November 15 of the year.

This would mean that “the release days of bonuses per agency are not the same,” according to the DBM.

The DBM said government employees who have served for at least 4 months from January 1 to October 31 of 2012 will be entitled to the bonus.

According to Budget Circular 2010-01, “personnel who rendered a total or an aggregate of less than four (4) months of service as of October 31 of the year shall be entitled solely to Cash Gift, pro- rated,” depending on the number of months they have served in government.

Part-time employees will receive year-end bonuses and cash gifts “in direct proportion to the number of hours of part-time service rendered within the year, but not to exceed the total one month basic pay and P5,000, respectively.”

Employees covered by the grant of the year-end bonus and cash gift are:

· Civilian government personnel occupying regular, contractual or casual positions, appointive of elective, rendering services on full-time or part-time basis

· Military personnel of the AFP, DND, uniformed personnel of the PNP, BFP and BJMP under the DILG, PCG, and NAMRIA

· Barangay officials and employees

Consultants and hired experts, laborers hired through job contracts are not entitled to the bonus.