Government employees will be receiving their yearend bonus for 2021 beginning November 15, Monday. The full yearend bonus is equivalent to a state worker’s one month basic pay. The annual giving of midyear and yearend bonus for government employees is stipulated in Section 4 of the late former President Benigno Aquino III’s Executive Order 201.
According to the Department of Budget and Management’s Budget Circular 2016-4 released last April 2016, then-Secretary Florencio emphasized that the following are entitled to get a yearend bonus:
1) Those still in government service as of October 31 of the current year and with at least a total of four (4) months of service from January 1 to October 31 of the current year;
2) Those who have retired or separated from government service before October 31 of the same year and have rendered at least a total or an aggregate of four (4) months of service from January 1 of the current year, shall be granted pro-rated year-end bonus and cash gift, within the month of retirement or separation.
4 months but less than 5 months – 50% of monthly salary
5 months but less than 6 months – 60% of monthly salary
6 months but less than 7 months – 70% of monthly salary
7 months but less than 8 months – 80% of monthly salary
8 months but less than 9 months – 90% of monthly salary
9 months but less than 10 months – 95% of monthly salary
It is worth pointing out that government employees must be in continous service from January 1 to October 31, 2021 – a period of ten months – for them to be entitled to receive their full midyear bonus. Newly-hired employees as well as those whose government service have already ended can still get a portion of the midyear bonus provided that they have been in service for a total of four months as of October 31, 2021.
The Filipino Scribe is listing the following scenarios to serve as illustrations:
Example 1: Emman, an employee of the Department of National Defense who received his permanent appointment by May 7, 2021, should receive the midyear bonus in full because he has been in service for more than four months as of October 31, 2021.
Example 2: Elizabeth reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 as a researcher for the National Historical Commission of the Philippines last June 15, 2021. She is still entitled to receive a midyear bonus on a pro-rated basis. This is equivalent to 60% of her final monthly salary.
Example 3: Jin received his permanent appointment as a senior high school teacher for the Department of Education last August 18, 2021. He is not entitled to receive any portion of the midyear bonus because he has only been in service for two months.