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The Mid-Year Bonus of government employees mandated under Executive Order No. 201, s. 2016 will be released tomorrow, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
The DBM said it has released to the various agencies the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) and the corresponding Notice of Cash Allocation for the Mid-Year Bonus requirement. The funding requirement for the Mid-Year bonus amounts to P31 billion, based on data on the number of filled positions in the Government Manpower Information System as of April 30, 2016.
Executive Order No. 201 approved by President Aquino on February 19, 2016 provides that a Mid-Year Bonus equivalent to one month basic salary as of May 15 shall be granted to all positions for civilian personnel, as well as military and uniformed personnel (MUP).
Budget Circular 2016-3, which provides the rules and regulations on the grant of said bonus states that the Mid-Year Bonus shall be given not earlier than May 15, 2016, in accordance with EO 201.
To be entitled, an employee must have rendered at least a total or an aggregate of 4 months of service from July 1, 2015 to May 15, 2016, obtained at least a satisfactory performance rating in the immediately preceding period, and should still be in the service as of May 15. Those with less than four months of service, or those that are no longer in the service as of May 15, shall not be entitled to the bonus.
For government employees who have rendered at least a total or an aggregate of four months of service, but have not yet received a performance rating by their respective agencies, the DBM urged agencies to conduct a performance evaluation of these personnel for the grant of mid-year bonus.
“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,” the DBM said in a statement.
For GOCCs, the governing board shall determine the grant of the bonus charged against approved corporate operating budgets. If funds are insufficient, they may grant at lower rates but at uniform percentage of the basic monthly salary as of May 15.
For LGUs, the Sanggunian shall determine the grant of the bonus charged against, and subject to the Personnel Services limitation in, LGU budgets. They may also grant at lower rates but at uniform percentage of the basic monthly salary as of May 15, if funds are insufficient.