Gov’t workers to receive mid-year bonus starting May 15

Aika Rey
Gov’t workers to receive mid-year bonus starting May 15
The total amount allocated for the mid-year bonus stands at P36.2 billion

MANILA, Philippines – More than 1.5 million government workers will receive their mid-year bonus equivalent to one month of their basic salary starting May 15, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

In a press briefing on Wednesday, May 9, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said the total amount allocated for the mid-year bonus stands at P36.2 billion.

“Starting May 15, around 1.5 million government employees will receive their FY 2018 Mid-Year Bonus, equivalent to one month basic pay,” Diokno said.

According to the guidelines set by Budget Circular No. 2017-2 dated May 8, 2017, the mid-year bonus is granted to state employees under the following conditions:

  • Personnel has rendered at least a total or an aggregate of 4 months of service from July 1, 2017 to May 15, 2018
  • Personnel remains to be in government service as of May 15, 2018
  • Personnel has obtained at least a satisfactory performance rating in the applicable performance appraisal period

Qualified government employees are those with civilian positions, whether regular, contractual, or casual in nature, elective, full-time, or part-time in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, constitutional commissions and offices, state universities and colleges, and government owned and controlled corporations.

Officials and employees of various local government units are covered, as well as military and uniformed personnel under the Department of National Defense (DND), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA).

The DBM said the 2018 mid-year bonus is charged against the agencies’ allocations under the 2018 General Appropriations Act or national budget. –

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Aika Rey

Aika Rey is a business reporter for Rappler. She covered the Senate of the Philippines before fully diving into numbers and companies. Got tips? Find her on Twitter at @reyaika or shoot her an email at