To ensure unhampered operation of the national government in the midst of the coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as continuous provision of compensation to all government officials, employees and those engaged under contract of services (COS), job orders (JOs), and other similar schemes, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released the corresponding Notices of Cash Allocation (NCAs) for the 2nd Quarter operating requirements of all National Government Agencies (NGAs) including offices enjoying fiscal autonomy, to the respective Authorized Government Servicing Banks as of 27 March 2020. The said NCAs are ready for crediting to the respective MDS Accounts of agencies on the first working day of April 2020.
Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) covering the salary differential to implement the first tranche of the compensation adjustment for civilian personnel, as authorized under Republic Act (RA) No. 11466 and National Budget Circular No. 579, were also issued to enable agencies to release the salary adjustments effective 1 January 2020.
Also included in the NCAs released are funds to cover the clothing allowance, as well as the Mid-Year Bonus (MYB) authorized under RA No. 11466 which shall be released not earlier than 15 May 2020 as provided for by law. The MYB is equivalent to one (1) month basic salary and shall be granted to those who have rendered at least four (4) months of satisfactory service and are currently in service.
To ensure the expedient and continuous issuance and release of obligation, disbursement and other authorities to all NGAs, a skeletal working arrangement in the DBM is in place. SAROs and Advice of NCAs Issued may be picked-up by the official agency liaison officers from the DBM-Central Printing and Releasing Unit from Monday to Friday, 10AM to 3PM.