30 public school teachers in Cebu City get paid after filing complaints

AT LEAST 30 probationary teachers from Cebu City public schools who filed complaints for delayed salaries, bonuses, and incentives last week had finally received their compensation.

Salustiano Jimenez, regional director of the Department of Education in Central Visayas (DepEd 7), told SunStar Cebu on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, that the teachers received their cash on December 23.

The teachers went to the DepEd 7 office on the same day after failing to receive their wages for the months of November and December.

The complainants feared that they might not be able to prepare something for the upcoming Christmas celebration.

"When I checked, it was already addressed because, at that time, their (probationary teachers) salary was already in the bank. So, at night, during the time when I followed up, it was already credited to their bank accounts," said Jimenez.

The teachers said the delay was not the first time. They said there were times when they had to wait for two months.

Jimenez said the salary of probationary teachers is really slightly delayed compared to those of regular ones.

He said regular teachers receive their salaries and other bonuses directly through their Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards, as they are already part of DepEd's automatic payroll deduction system (APDS).

On the other hand, probationary teachers must submit their Daily Time Records (DTRs) at the end of the month for them to be created a separate payroll.

Another factor for delays is the holiday dates, which also affects the probationary teachers' submission of DTRs, he added.

"In their case, for the month of November, specifically November 1 and 2, we did not have work. So they had to submit their DTRs between November 3, 4, or 5. DTRs also needed to be submitted together, not one by one," said Jimenez.

"It might be that one or two teachers were unable to submit their DTRs on time. So, it was reported that their money was processed already during the second week of December. Then, it was forwarded to the bank around December 21. With the process of the bank, it was released 24 hours after," he added.

He said regular teachers usually receive their monthly pay around the 19th or 20th day of the month.

According to DepEd-7 data, Central Visayas has about 77,000 teaching personnel, where about 20,000 of them are public school teachers.

Jimenez could not provide exact figures on how many public probationary teachers they have, but he said there are roughly more than 30 of them. (HIC)