Gov’t employees to receive year-end bonus starting 15 November 2023

Gov’t employees to receive year-end bonus starting 15 November 2023

Public sector employees will be receiving their yearend bonus for 2023 beginning November 15, Wednesday. The yearend bonus is equivalent to a government worker’s one month basic pay, as stipulated in the late former President Benigno Aquino III’s Executive Order 201.

According to the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) Budget Circular 2016-4 released in April 2016, then-Secretary Florencio Abad emphasized that government employees who meet the following are entitled to get a year-end bonus:

1) Those still in government service as of 31 October 2023 with at least a total of four months of service from 1 January to 31 October of the current year;

2) Those who have retired or separated from government service before 31 October 2023 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

The full text of DBM guidelines for the grant of year-end bonus can be read here. It is worth pointing out that government employees must be in continous service from 1 January to 31 October 2023 – a period of ten months – for them to be entitled to receive their full year-end bonus.

Newly-hired employees as well as those whose government service have already ended can still get a prorated portion of the year-end bonus provided that they have been in service for a total of four months as of 31 October 2023.

The Filipino Scribe is listing the following scenarios to serve as illustrations:

Example 1: JD, an employee of the Philippine Sports Commission who received his permanent appointment by 7 May 2023, should receive 60% of the year-end bonus because he has been in service for more than four months as of 31 October 2023.

Example 2: Gloria reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 as a researcher for the National Historical Commission of the Philippines last 25 August 2023. She is still entitled to receive a year-end bonus on a pro-rated basis. This is equivalent to 80% of her final monthly salary.

Example 3: Donny received his permanent appointment as a senior high school teacher for the Department of Education last 16 July 2023. He is not entitled to receive any portion of the year-end bonus because he has only been in service for three months.

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