All government employees in the Philippines will receive their so-called 14th month pay bonus this coming May, this is according to the announcement of the Department of Budget Management (DBM) this Thursday, April 28. This is after President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III (PNoy) signed Executive Order No. 201 on February 19, 2016.
According to the guidelines (PDF file) of the said executive order posted at the official website of DBM, the amount of the 14th month pay (Mid-year Bonus) is equivalent to the one-month pay of the employee. This is applicable to government employees, whether they are part-time, full-time, casual, contractual, or regular, but with some exclusions.
Among those who will receive the 14th month pay include civilian workers and personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), among others.
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On the other hand, government employees from agencies, and Government-owned and controlled corporation (GOCC) are not included because they are covered by the own Compensation and Position Classification System (CPCS). Those who were hired without employee-employer relationships, such as consultants are also excluded.
The DBM emphasized that the 14th month pay is a separate scheme from 13th month pay (Year-End Bonus), which will be given not earlier than November 15 of the current year, provided that they were hired for at least 4 months. This is also equivalent to the one-month pay of the employee, with which a P5,000 Cash Gift will also be included.
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The DBM Circular memo noted that the grant of the upcoming 14th month pay will be distributed to qualified government employees not earlier than May 15. Earlier reports said that it will be given this June. However, Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad noted that it will given starting May 15, or 6 days after the presidential elections.