MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Budget and Management on Thursday said all national government workers will get an additional P7,000 as Christmas bonus starting next week.
Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya said the P7 billion budget for almost a million government employees will be sourced from the unused funds of various government agencies. He added that state workers could get an additional P3,000 bonus depending on the savings of their government agency.
He said the DBM will give out the Christmas bonuses next week.
Those who will receive the cash gifts will be permanent, casual and contractual employees of the national government. Employees on a job order basis such as consultants and Pulis OYSTER (Out-of-School Youth Serving Towards Economic Recovery) will not get a Christmas bonus.
The budget secretary said government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) will have to get the P7,000 cash gifts from their own funds. He said local governments must seek authority from the DBM before giving bonuses to their employees.
Last year, the government granted P10,000 as additional Christmas bonus to all state workers.