Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Around 600,000 teachers and non-teaching personnel of DepEd will be receiving their 2013 Performance Based Bonus (PBB) within this month until November 2 this year according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

Launched by the Aquino administration under Executive Order No. 80 in 2012, Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) system is a merit-based incentive program that recognizes and rewards exemplary performance in government. It ultimately aims to improve the delivery of goods and services to all Filipinos, as well as institute a culture of excellence in public service across the bureaucracy. 

In 2013, a group representing public school teachers slammed the performance based bonus saying that it did not live up the palace's promise of rewarding good-performing government employees as most teachers were not happy with the amount they received. The group further cited that the teachers also complained about the bases of rating that they have no control such as 'aptitude test results', 'dropout rates' and 'budget liquidation'. 

According to an interview with Philippine News Agency (PNA) recently, DepEd Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali said that the delay of the 'release of the bonus' was due to the "checking of schools' and teachers' ratings" according to the PBB criteria that will determine the amount that the employee will receive starting from the amount of Php 5,000 to a maximum of Php 35,000.

DepEd has allocated Php5 billion for the bonuses of all public school teachers and non-teaching staff, however DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo said that the release of bonus will still depend on the completeness of the submitted requirements.

School divisions must submit liquidation reports of the maintenance and operating expenses, national achievement test, and governance condition transparency.

Sources: Balita, Inquirer.net

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