“We have been receiving queries on the guidelines for the grant of mid-year bonus, particularly for government employees who qualify based on their length of service, but have not yet received a performance rating by their respective agencies.
“Pursuant to Budget Circular 2016-3, the grant of mid-year bonus requires government personnel to render at least a total or an aggregate of four (4) months of service from July 1, 2015 to May 15, 2016, to be currently in service as of May 15, 2016, and to have received at least a satisfactory performance rating in the immediately preceding rating period.
“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.
“Thus, the DBM encourages government agencies to conduct the performance evaluation of their respective personnel for the grant of mid-year bonus on May 15, 2016.”