• Group goads Malacañang to release teachers’ performance bonus

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    TEACHERS’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) on Friday urged President Benigno Aquino 3rd to immediately release the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) of teachers and employees of the Department of Education (DepEd) for fiscal year 2012, saying the supposed distribution of cash incentives is long overdue.

    The group reiterated its call amid public announcement made by the president on Thursday that the almost 20,000 work force of the Department of Public Works and Highways will be given an incentive worth P10,000 as their anniversary bonus.

    “The teachers are waiting for the performance bonus since December 2012, yet six months after, we heard nothing from the Department of Budget Management and from the President himself. If that is for the fiscal year 2012, we should have received it by January or by April, if they use school year as basis,” Benjo Basas, TDC national chairman, said in a statement.

    The group earlier denounced the deliberate cutting down of their traditional P10,000 productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) by half. During the dialogue, DBM officials told them to talk to their officials in DepEd because the respective agencies are tasked to craft the specific guidelines.

    “Next month, the EO [executive order]80 which provides for performance-based incentives for government workers will turn one-year old, yet the promised incentives under the order remains dim,” Basas said.

    The PBB is one of the two incentives under the EO 80 which was signed by the president on July 2012, the other one is the PEI or the productivity enhancement incentive amounting to P5,000 for all government officials and employees. The PBB, on the other hand varies from P5,000 to a maximum of P35,000 depending on the performance rating of individual employees and the agency or office they belong. Previously, teachers and government employees receive a one-time PEI amounting to P10,000 every December.

    Neil A. Alcober

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