A TEACHERS group asked the Department of Education (DepEd) to expedite the processing of the requirements of Performance–Based Bonus (PBB) so they will be able to receive the cash incentives within the month of July.
The group under the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) complained of the delay in the release of their incentives to Assistant Secretary for Planning Jesus Mateo.
Benjo Basas, TDC national chairperson, confirmed that as of the moment, only 90 percent of the DepEd system has submitted the documents and only 50 percent were validated by the education department.
“The 6-month delay in the supposed release of this particular bonus is a manifestation that there are flaws in the scheme and it has to be reviewed,” Basas said.
TDC earlier revealed that the teachers’ PBB for fiscal year 2012 has not been paid and the succeeding dialogue with some officials of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) showed that many agencies, especially those with a large number of employees are in the same predicament as the DepEd.
“It is clear that this is not the fault of the teachers and employees, yet they suffer,” Basas said. The group also asked President Aquino to order the concerned agencies to fast track the processing of PBB release.
“The Palace, through Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, responded by saying that the delay was caused by the late submission of documents from the DepEd field offices,” Basas noted.
The group asked the DepEd to remind the remaining field offices to immediately submit the necessary requirements for the release of the bonus.
Basas said Mateo assured them that he would call the respective schools division superintendents right after the meeting.
“Still, we believe that the scheme used by the government to reward the performing employees is defective and need to be reviewed and amended,” he said.
Mateo said public school teachers who have already completed their requirements will get their PBBs within July.
The PBB is an incentive granted by the government to public school teachers and other employees under President Aquino’s executive order number 80, signed in July last year. It is a merit-based incentive system that would give the employees of the government a cash bonus ranging from P5,000 to P35,000 depending on their and their agency’s performance.