Gov’t employees to get bonus starting Monday — DBM

Good news for government employees, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Friday announced that you will be getting your 13th-month pay and cash gift effective Monday next week, November 15th. What will you spend your bonus with?

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DBM Press Release, November 12, 2010:
Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad announced today that national government employees, and military and uniformed personnel will receive the remaining half of the P5,000 cash gift and more than half of the 13th-month pay this month.

Pursuant to Budget Circular 2010-01, Abad said the Department of Budget and Management has released P12.8 billion to fund the remaining balance of the cash gift and 13th-month pay, to be given to national government employees starting November 15. The first half of the said pay has been given to them in May this year.

He also stressed that government employees will get more than half of the 13th-month pay due to basic salary adjustments with the implementation of the Salary Standardization Law III (SSL-III) in July. The DBM will be releasing an additional P2.1 billion to fund the adjustment for national government employees.

“All employees of the national government, with certain exceptions like consultants and job-order workers, will be taking home this pay for the holidays,” he said, noting that the 13th-month pay is equivalent to one month salary, while, the P5,000 applies across the board.

Under the Circular, those entitled to these additional pay are: civilian government personnel occupying regular, contractual or casual positions who may be appointive or elective; military personnel; and uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine Coast Guard and National Mapping and Resource Information Authority.

Those who are not entitled are, in general, those hired without employee-employer relationships and paid from non-Personnel Services appropriations. These includes consultants and hired experts; labourers hired through job contracts or those paid on piecework basis; and student labourers and apprentices.

Employees of local governments and government firms are also entitled to these benefits, but these will have to come from their respective local government or corporate funds.

Abad added that the DBM is currently studying if the year-end fiscal position of the national government could allow them to recommend to the President an additional “holiday bonus” to national government workers, in the form of the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI).”

Source: Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Philippines