Palace: Still no bonuses for teachers
MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang said Sunday, June 23 more than half a million public school teachers have to wait a while longer for the release of their 2012 performance-based bonuses (PBB).
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said some schools have yet to submit their performance reports to the Department of Education (DepEd). DepEd needs these reports so it could submit its own evaluation to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). The reports are required before any fund release could be made.
"As we have explained in the past, hindi po kasi talaga sabay-sabay nakukuha iyong PBB dahil depende po 'yan sa nagiging compliance ng inyong ahensya sa mga documentary requirements po para ma-evaluate ang performance noong mga unit at noong mga bureaus," Valte said. (The PBB will not be given all at once because it depends on the compliance of agencies to documentary requirements.)
On Friday, the Teachers' Dignity Coalition (TDC) called on President Benigno Aquino III to "immediately release" the bonuses.
"The teachers are waiting for the performance bonus since December 2012. [It has been] 6 months, we [have] heard nothing from the DBM and from the President himself. If that is for the fiscal year 2012, we should have received it January or April, if they use school year as basis,” Benjo Basas, national chairperson of TDC, said.
In July 2012, Aquino ordered the formal adoption of the PBB system in government beginning this year.
The granting of PBB shall depend on the performance of departments under their "Major Final Outputs" and "Priority Program/Project commitments," and certain good governance conditions. - Rappler.com