Teachers to receive bonuses


PUBLIC school teachers will get their performance based- bonus (PBB) starting next week, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Tuesday.

Jesus Mateo, DepEd assistant secretary for planning, said that roughly 74 percent of the 528,000 public school teachers nationwide have already fully complied with the requirements in the processing of the performance bonuses.

“Close to about 410,000 or 74 percent [of the teachers across the country]will get their performance-based incentives. Of the 195 school divisions, 145 of them have already complied with the requirements,” Mateo told reporters.

“This has been validated on Friday last week. Optimistically, by next week mare-receive na nila yun,” he added.

The interagency task force headed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) will validate and process the requirements of the teachers applying for the performance bonuses.

Mateo said school divisions must secure the requirements to receive the performance-based incentives namely submission of liquidation reports of the maintenance and operating expenses, national achievement test, and governance condition transparency.

“Una, dapat mag-comply muna sa pre-condition. Pangalawa, dapat ma-achieve natin yung commitment natin sa SONA [State of the Nation Address],” he said.

“Yung iba ibinabalik po natin for further compliance,” the DepEd official added.

Mateo also noted that teachers may get their performance bonuses at the regional offices.

“Ang release hindi na sa central office. We have suggested na i-download na lang ito para mabilis at deretso na sa mga regional at division offices,” he said.

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) had earlier appealed to President Benigno Aquino 3rd to immediately release the performance bonuses of teachers and other DepEd employees for fiscal year 2012, saying the supposed distribution of cash incentives is long overdue.

TDC national chairman Benjo Basas said the teachers have been waiting for the performance bonus since December 2012. He stressed that teachers should have received it by January or by April, if the government uses school year as basis.

The group denounced the deliberate slashing by half of the traditional P10,000 productivity enhancement incentive (PEI).

The PBB is one of two incentives under EO 80 signed by the President on July 2012. The other one is the PEI amounting to P5, 000 for all government officials and employees.

The PBB 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.


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