Still no bonus for state teachers

Manila, Philippines --- Public school teachers yesterday expressed dismay anew over the delayed bonus, which is attributed to the failure of the Department of Education (DepEd) to submit the requirements needed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to release the incentive pay.

"It seems very unfair that teachers and lowly employees suffer the consequences of these delays which we have nothing to do with."

This was stressed by the teachers who lamented the delay in the release of their Performance-Based Bonus (PBB).

The Teachers' Dignity Coalition (TDC), a 30,000-strong group, said that the teaching and non-teaching personnel should not be made to suffer over the failure of DepEd.

The TDC had earlier sought a dialogue with the DepEd to get updates on the PBB. "It is clear that this is not the fault of the teachers and employees, yet they suffer," TDC Chairman Benjo Basas said.

Met by Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo, TDC found out that "only around 90 percent of the DepEd system has submitted the documents and only 50 percent of such were validated by the DepEd." "They [DepEd] said that they are still waiting for 10 percent field submission before it could comply with the documentary requirements to begin processing of the PBB for teachers," Basas said.

The meeting was attended by some 20 leaders of TDC from Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, Manila, Taguig-Pateros, San Juan, Makati, and Quezon City. Basas said that while teachers are appealing for the release of their bonus as soon as possible, "we would not want to leave the teachers who belong in that 10 percent."

They asked the DepEd to issue a strong reminder to field officials of the regions/divisions with delayed submissions, including Region 7-Central Visayas, among others.

With these delays, TDC also expressed its opposition to the implementation of the PBB which the teachers consider "defective." Basas said that the six-month delay in the release of this particular bonus is a manifestation that there are flaws in the scheme and it has to be reviewed and amended.

Mateo assured the group that DepEd will call the attention of respective schools division superintendents who have yet to submit the remaining requirements.

The PBB is an incentive granted by the government to public school teachers and other employees under President Aquino's Executive Order No. 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.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Osmeña wants electricity exempted from VAT
    Osmeña wants electricity exempted from VAT

    Sen. Sergio Osmeña III wants electricity to be exempted from value added tax under a proposed measure that will amend the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 and the Reformed VAT Law. He said the move aims to ease the burden of the public in paying high electricity rates in the country. “VAT on electricity is another burden on the already over-taxed shoulders of our people, especially those whose incomes are barely enough to cover their basic needs. Osmeña, chairman of the Senate …

  • No lotto draws starting tomorrow until Easter Sunday
    No lotto draws starting tomorrow until Easter Sunday

    No lotto tickets will be sold and no lotto draws made starting tomorrow, Maundy Thursday, up to Easter Sunday in observance of Holy Week. In a statement, Jose Ferdinand Rojas II, acting Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman and general manager, said the selling of lotto tickets and lotto draws will resume on April 6,  Monday. “We thank all Lotto players for your trust and confidence in the PCSO games, and we count on your continued support of our efforts to raise funds for …

  • Quake rocks C. Visayas
    Quake rocks C. Visayas

    A magnitude-3.2 earthquake rocked parts of Central Visayas yesterday. State seismologists said the quake was an aftershock of a powerful tremor that hit the region in 2013. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake occurred at 7:54 a.m. Its epicenter was located 10 kilometers  southeast of Buenavista, Bohol. Phivolcs director Renato Solidum said the quake was an aftershock of the magnitude-7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol on Oct. 15, 2013. …

  • Super howler nears Phl
    Super howler nears Phl

    A typhoon that has devastated islands in the Pacific is forecast to become a category 5 monster howler as it barrels toward the Philippines this week. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Maysak will be named Chedeng when it enters the Philippine area of responsibility tonight or tomorrow morning. In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said the forecast track of Maysak may still change depending on the movement of …

  • Philips Gold finally shines

    Philips Gold made 11 service aces on its way to beating Mane ‘N Tail, 25-19, 27-25, 25-16, for its first victory in the Philippine Super Liga (PSL) All-Filipino Coinference Monday night at The Arena in San Juan.Former College of St. Benilde standout Rossan Fajardo had six aces as part of her 10-point output as the Lady Slammers finally barged into the win column after losing their first two matches.Ex-National University star Myla Pablo led Philips Gold with 14 points highlighted by 12 kills, …

  • Turkish Airlines starts direct Manila-Istanbul flights 3 times a week

    Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s flag carrier, launched on March 30 its thrice weekly direct, non-stop flights between Istanbul and Manila at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 and plans to operate a daily service between the two cities, eventually, announced Chief Marketing Officer Ahmet Olmustur. Last November 2014, the Philippines and Turkey signed an expanded air services agreement granting Turkish carriers three frequencies per week to Manila and Clark. In accordance with …

  • Azkals bow to Bahrain

    The Philippine Azkals fell short in their bid to salvage a draw and fell 2-1 to Bahrain Monday night in an international friendly match at the Bahrain National Stadium in Manama. Faouzi Mubarak struck the opening goal for the home side in the 29th minute before Abdulla Yaser doubled the lead two minutes later with a booming shot from 25 yards out. Fil-German midfielder Manny Ott gave the Azkals a ray of hope when he scored from just outside the box in the 61st. National team Coach Thomas …

  • Alcalas dominate rivals

    In a brilliant show of power and speed, Mark Alcala downed fierce rival and Philippine team member Ross Leonard Pedroza, 21-16, 23-21, to win the men’s singles open title. Alcala lost her No. 1 ranking after focusing on her studies at the University of the Philippines, but she’s willing to sacrifice once again in order to represent the country in future international tournaments. …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options