Public school teachers launch ‘Protest de Mayo’


A TEACHERS’ group on Thursday staged a Santacruzan in front of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to launch the month-long series of protests dubbed as “Protest de Mayo” to call for the scrapping of the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) scheme introduced by the Aquino administration in 2012.

“This PBB scheme is unfair and deceptive and further divides government employees,” Benjo Basas, chairman of Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC), said.

PBB under Executive Order 80 signed by the President in July 2012 grants monetary benefits to government employees ranging from 0 to P35, 000 based on their “performance.”

Basas, however, said the teachers are critical of the scheme because the government, specifically the Department of Education (DepEd), has no clear-cut policy on how to measure their performance, resulting in disparity in incentives and demoralization among the teachers when it was first implemented in school year 2012-2013.

“The DepEd’s only criteria are the drop-out rate, national achievement test [NAT] performance and the disbursement of school’s funds- all of these clearly have nothing to do with the performance of individual teachers, thus putting the majority of us at a disadvantage,” he explained.

“Even the promise of a P35,000 incentive is a deception because it is only limited to the 1 percent of all the employees of the DepEd or the entire bureaucracy,” Basas said.

The scheme “encourages all the 600,000 teachers and employees of the DepEd to compete for P35,000 while only 6,000 of us will be given the prize,” he noted.

TDC said this is the main reason why some schools have resorted to cheating in the NAT to get better results, defeating the purpose both of the NAT and the PBB itself.

The group instead called for standardized benefits or a productivity enhancement incentive of P15, 000 for all the employees.

Another demand of the teachers is a P10, 000 increase in their salaries.

Basas said the increase was under the Salary Standardization Law 3 and granted the entry level position of government teachers an increase in total of P6, 523 divided in four tranches from 2009.


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