The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced Tuesday, November 14 that government workers can expect their year-end bonus and cash gift to be credited to their payroll accounts beginning Wednesday, November 15.
Qualified government personnel shall be paid a bonus equivalent to one month basic salary as of October 31, 2023 and a cash gift amounting to P5,000, on top of allowances and other forms of compensation.
The payment of the year-end bonus and cash gift to entitled employees is subject to a couple of conditions. According to DBM Budget Circular No. 2016-4, only government employees who have “rendered at least a total or an aggregate of four months of service from January 1 to October 31 of the current year and remains to be in the government service as of October 31 of the same year” will be allowed to receive both benefits in full.
According to the DBM, all civilian and military personnel, whether regular, contractual, or casual in nature, appointive or elective, full-time or part-time,” except “those hired without employer-employee relations and funded from non-Personnel Services appropriations,” are covered by the benefits.
Meanwhile, a prorated share of both the year-end bonus and cash gift shall be granted to those who have just retired or have just been separated from government service this year before the end of October 2023. Newly hires, on the other hand, who have served less than four months of service in government shall only be entitled to a prorated share of the cash gift.
“Agencies shall be responsible for the proper implementation of the provisions of [the DBM] Circular. The responsible officers shall be held liable for any payment not in accordance with the provisions of the Circular, without prejudice to the refund by the employees concerned of any excess or unauthorized payments.”