“It seems very unfair that teachers and lowly employees suffer the consequences of these delays which we have nothing to do with.“
Public school teachers on Saturday once again expressed their dismay regarding delayed release of Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) 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).
The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), a 30,000-strong group, said that the teaching and non-teaching personnel of the DepEd should not suffer due to the delay of their bonus which they claim is “not their fault.“
Recently, the TDC 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 Chairperson Benjo Basas said.
Met by Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo, TDC found out that “only around 90% of the DepEd system has submitted the documents and only 50% of such were validated by the DepEd.“ “They [DepEd] said that they are still waiting for some 10% field submission before it could comply w/ 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%.“
Thus, they asked the DepEd “to issue a strong reminder to the respective field officials of the regions/divisions which are delayed in their submission which includes 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 supposed release of this particular bonus is a manifestation that there are flaws in the scheme and it has to be reviewed.“ (Ina Hernando-Malipot)
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