Please find attached Budget Circular No. 2016-3 dated April 28, 2016 re: Rules and Regulations on the Grant of Mid-Year Bonus for FY 2016. This will be the new basis on the grant of the said benefit pursuant to Executive Order No. 201 s. 2016.
Kindly read and evaluate carefully the provisions of the said Budget Circular, particularly those listed under item 5.0, as this will be your basis in preparing your school’s payroll. Please be reminded also that there will be no Cash Gift to be included in the payroll.
Immediate and wide dissemination of this Budget Circular is desired.
Republic of the Philippines
DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT
Budget Circular No. 2016-3
April 28, 2016
All Heads of Departments, Agencies, State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and other Offices of the National Government, Including Commissions/Offices under the Constitutional Fiscal Autonomy Group (CFAG), Government-Owned or -Controlled Corporations (GOCCs); Heads of Local Government Units (LGUs); and All Others Concerned
Rules and Regulations on the Grant of the Mid-Year Bonus for FY 2016
This Circular is issued to prescribe the rules and regulations on the grant of the Mid-Year Bonus to government personnel for FY 2016 pursuant to Executive Order (EO) No. 201, s. 2016, entitled “Modifying the Salary Schedule for Civilian Government Personnel and Authorizing the Grant of Additional Benefits for Both Civilian and Military and Uniformed Personnel,” as approved by the President on February 19, 2016.
This Circular shall apply to the following positions and personnel:
2.1 All positions for civilian personnel, whether regular, casual, or contractual in nature, appointive or elective, full-time or part-time, now existing or hereafter created in the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches, the Constitutional Commissions and other Constitutional Offices, SUCs, and GOCCs covered by the Compensation and Position Classification System (CPCS) under Republic Act (RA) No. 6758, as amended by Senate and House of Representatives Joint Resolutions No. 1, series of 1994 and No. 4, series of 2009; and in LGUs; and,
2.2 Military personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines under the Department of National Defense and uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police, Philippine Public Safety College, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology of the Department of the Interior and Local Government; Philippine Coast Guard of the Department of Transportation and Communications; and National Mapping and Resource Information Authority of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The following are excluded from the coverage of this Circular; •
3.1 Government personnel from agencies, including GOCCs, that are exempted from RA No. 6758, as amended, as expressly provided in their respective enabling law or charter, and are actually implementing their respective CPCS approved by the President of the Philippines;
3.2 Government personnel from GOCCs covered by the CPCS established by the Governance Commission for GOCCs and approved by the President of the Philippines pursuant to RA No. 10149; and,
3.3 Those hired without employee-employer relationships and funded from non-Personnel Services appropriations/budgets, as follows:
3.3.1 Consultants and experts hired for a limited period to perform specific activities or services with expected outputs;
3.3.2 Laborers hired through job contracts (pakyaw) and those paid on piecework basis;
3.3.3 Student workers and apprentices; and
3.3.4 Individuals and groups of people whose services are engaged through job orders, contracts of service, or others similarly situated.
4.0 Definition of Terms
For purposes of this Circular, the succeeding terms used herein shall have the following meanings:
4.1 Monthly basic pay shall refer to the monthly salary for regular and contractual civilian personnel; the total daily wages for the twenty-two (22) working days a month for casual personnel (equal to the monthly salary of a regular personnel); the monthly base pay for the military and uniformed personnel; and the monthly honoraria for barangay officials and employees.
4.2 The total or aggregate service required from government personnel for purposes of the grant of the Mid-Year Bonus shall include all actual services rendered while occupying a regular, contractual, or casual position in the national and/or local government, including leaves of absence with pay.
5.0 Guidelines on the Grant of the Mid-Year Bonus
5.1 The Mid-Year Bonus equivalent to one (1) month basic pay as of May 15 shall be given to entitled personnel not earlier than May 15 of the current year, subject to the following conditions:
5.1.1 Personnel has rendered at least a total or an aggregate of four (4) months of service from July 1 of the immediately preceding year to May 15 of the current year;
5.1.2 Personnel remains to be in the government service as of May 15 of the current year; and
5.1.3 Personnel has received at least a satisfactory performance rating in the immediately preceding rating period.
5.2 Those who have rendered a total or an aggregate of less than four (4) months of service from July 1 of the preceding year to May 15 of the current year, and those who are no longer in the service as of the latter date, shall not be entitled to the Mid-Year Bonus.
5.3 The Mid-Year Bonus of personnel hired on part-time service in one or more agencies shall be in direct proportion to the number of hours/days of part-time services rendered.
5.4 The Mid-Year Bonus of those on detail to another government agency shall be paid by the parent agency, while those on secondment shall be paid by the recipient agency.
5.5 The Mid-Year Bonus of personnel who transferred from one agency to another shall be paid by the new agency.
5.6 A compulsory retiree, whose services have been extended, may be granted Mid-Year Bonus, subject to the pertinent provisions of this Circular.
5.7 Those who are formally charged administrative and/or criminal cases which are still pending for resolution, shall be entitled to Mid-Year Bonus until found guilty by final and executory judgment, provided that:
5.7.1 Those found guilty shall not be entitled to Mid-Year Bonus in the year of finality of the decision. The personnel shall refund the Mid-Year Bonus received for that year.
5.7.2 If the penalty imposed is only a reprimand, the personnel concerned shall be entitled to the Mid-Year Bonus.
6.0 Mid-Year Bonus for Personnel of Covered GOCCs
The grant of the Mid-Year Bonus to personnel of covered GOCCs shall be determined by their respective governing boards, subject to the following considerations:
6.1 The provisions on the entitlement/non-entitlement of personnel to the Mid-Year Bonus under Item 5.0 hereof shall be strictly observed.
6.2 If funds are insufficient, the Mid-Year bonus may be granted at lower rates but at a uniform percentage of the monthly basic pay as of May 15 of the current year.
7.0 Mid-Year Bonus for Personnel of LGUs
The grant of the Mid-Year Bonus to personnel of LGUs shall be determined by their respective sanggunian, subject to the following considerations:
7.1 The provisions on the entitlement/non-entitlement of personnel to the Mid-Year Bonus under Item 5.0 hereof shall be strictly observed.
7.2 The Personnel Services limitation in LGU budgets under Sections 325(a) and 331 (b) of RA No. 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991, shall be complied with.
7.3 If funds are insufficient, the Mid-Year bonus may be granted at lower rates but at a uniform percentage of the monthly basic pay as of May 15 of the current year.
8.0 Fund Sources
8.1 The amounts required for the grant of FY 2016 Mid-Year Bonus to personnel of National Government Agencies (NGAs) shall be charged against the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF) authorized under RA No. 10717 or the FY 2016 General Appropriations Act.
8.2 The amounts required for the payment of Mid-Year Bonus to casual and contractual personnel in NGAs whose salaries and wages are drawn from the lump-sum appropriations for non-itemized positions shall be sourced from the said agency lump-sum appropriations.
8.3 For covered GOCCs, the amounts required to implement the Mid-Year Bonus shall be charged against their approved corporate operating budgets (COBs), provided that the national government shall not release funds for compensation adjustment or any related expenditures, provided further that the GOCCs shall not resort to borrowings for the purpose, and provided furthermore, that the performance targets in their Department of Budget and Management (DBM)-approved COBs are met and their programs/projects for the year are not adversely affected.
8.4 For LGUs, the amounts required to implement the Mid-Year Bonus shall be charged against their respective local government funds, subject to the Personnel Services limitation in LGU budgets pursuant to Sections 325 (a) and 331(b) of RA No. 7160.
9.0 Release of Funds
The DBM shall release to the agencies/operating units concerned the Special Allotment Release Order for the Mid-Year Bonus requirement, based on data on the number of filled positions as of April 30, 2016 from the Government Manpower Information System, chargeable against the MPBF.
The DBM shall issue the corresponding Notice of Cash Allocation to cover the Mid-Year Bonus of agency personnel to be given not earlier than May 15 of the current year, subject to the provisions of National Budget Circular No. 561 dated January 4, 2016 on the release of funds.
10.0 Applicability to Certain Officials
Consistent with the policy under Section 6 of Article VII and Section 10 of Article VI of the Constitution, the current President of the Philippines, Vice-President of the Philippines, and the Members of Congress are not entitled to the FY 2016 Mid-Year Bonus. Pursuant to Section 14 of EO No. 201, s. 2016, the current regular members of the Cabinet are also not entitled to the FY 2016 Mid-Year Bonus.
11.0 Responsibility of Agencies
Agencies shall be responsible for the proper implementation of the provisions of this Circular. The responsible officers shall be held liable for any payment not in accordance with the provisions of this Circular, without prejudice to the refund by the employees concerned of any excess or unauthorized payments.
12.0 Resolution of Cases
Cases not covered by the provisions of this Circular shall be referred to the DBM for resolution.
This Circular shall take effect immediately.
FLORENCIO B. ABAD
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