MANILA – Government personnel will start getting their year-end bonus and cash gift by Nov. 15, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced Wednesday.
In a statement, DBM Secretary Amenah Pangandaman said her office has allotted a total of PHP60.5 billion for the year-end bonus and PHP8.9 billion for the cash gift of over 1.7 million civilian employees and military and uniformed personnel (MUP) in the national government agencies (NGAs).
Pangandaman said around PHP45.3 billion of the PHP60.5 billion year-end bonus would be given to the civilian personnel, while the remaining PHP15.2 billion would go to MUP.
“The appropriations for the YEB and the CG were already comprehensively released to the NGAs concerned at the start of the fiscal year,” the DBM said.
According to Item 6.1 of the DBM Budget Circular (BC) No. 2016-4, the year-end bonus is equivalent to one month of basic pay, as of Oct. 31, and the cash gift of PHP5,000 will be given to qualified government personnel not earlier than Nov. 15 of the current year.
The DBM said public servants who have rendered at least a total of four months of service from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31 of the current year and remained in government service as of Oct. 31 of the same year are also eligible to receive the year-end bonus and cash gift.
“This is a well-deserved symbol of appreciation for our government workers, our heroes, who give their all for the country— those who walk the extra mile and spend longer work hours out of their sheer sense of public service,” Pangandaman said.
“This is in line with the directive of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. to ensure that our government workers are given these rightful tokens for all their sacrifices that are greatly contributing to the reactivation of our economy,” she added.
Pangandaman reminded government workers to spend their bonuses wisely and use them for their needs, as well as for the things “that truly matter.”
In a video message during the 123rd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary in September, Marcos expressed gratitude to over 1.8 million-strong government workforce for their tireless work, excellence and integrity “to deliver the quality service that all Filipinos deserve.”
Marcos also encouraged the government workers to strive harder despite several challenges, to achieve the “united goal of providing a better future for our country.” (PNA)