MEMBERS of the teachers’ group Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) on Friday held a “no-holds barred” meeting with the official of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to finally address teachers’ woes on their unreleased 2012 cash incentives.
“Next month, the presidential order is turning one year and the government has yet to deliver said bonus to majority if it’s performing workers,” Benjo Basas, the group’s national chairperson, said.
“After a series of dialogue with concerned agencies since December 2012, we remain calm and waited for the said incentive for six months. However, the clamor of public school teachers demanding for explanation on the reasons for the delay cannot be ignored,” he added.
Basas said the issue was already a hot topic in 2012 when the government trimmed down the traditional year-end bonus of teachers and government employees by half. The government however promised them of a performance-based incentive in the form of PBB ranging from P5, 000 to P35, 000.
The TDC chairperson also acknowledged President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s announcement last week that he already signed the approval of a P10, 000 anniversary bonus for nearly 20,000 employees of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
“Milestone bonus is a part of incentive package for government employees and we are happy for our fellow state workers in the DPWH,” Basas said describing the public works department’s employees as equally diligent like their DepEd counterparts.
“This is a proof that the government can expedite the distribution of incentives, yet they kept us waiting for six months,” he added.
Malacanang earlier said that the grant of anniversary bonus for DPWH personnel should not “cause jealousy” among employees of other government agencies.
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 P5,000.00 for all government officials and employees. The PBB, on the other hand varies from P5,000.00 to a maximum of P35,000.00 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 P10,000.00 every December.
Neil A. Alcober