PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS express gratitude to DBM for granting them the traditional Christmas Bonus for this year. DBM secretary Butch Abad on Monday submitted the proposal which seeks to provide funds for the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) for all teachers and government employees to President Aquino for approval.
“We are thankful that the government heard our appeal for this traditional bonus which we enjoyed in the past,” said Benjo Basas, Caloocan City teacher and TDC’s national chairperson. “We further hope that said bonus will be given on time” he continued.
In previous years, PEI, formerly known as Performance Bonus (PerfB) is given not earlier than December 15.
According to Abad’s pronouncement, teachers and other government employees shall be entitled to a one-time bonus in the full amount of P10, 000 which shall be appropriated by the DBM. Since the year 2007, said incentive is coming from two sources- the DBM allocation amounting to P7, 000 and the remaining P3, 000.00 shall be from the savings of respective agencies.
“This is the first time that the government will release this allowance from single source which we also recognize so as to avoid disparity.” Basas furthered. According to him, “In the past, some agencies may not have enough savings to fund the P3, 000 agency share like in the case of DepEd in year 2007.”
According to the group, this traditional bonus is also “traditionally delayed.”
“We expect this PEI to be released in our respective schools on time, however, we anticipate the possible delay as in the past. We just hope that it will be given at least before Christmas vacation.
Most of the time, teachers receive their Christmas bonus after Christmas or even after New Year celebration which practically defeats the purpose of this incentive.” Basas explained.
This incentive is not a regular benefit but a presidential prerogative. In the year 2005 and 2006 the government, under PGMA gave its employees P5000 and P6000 PerfB, respectively, while for the year 2007 up to last year the employees received P10, 000 cash gift. It was in 2009 that the DBM called it PEI. But the teachers fondly name the Christmas incentive after the president, thus, during Ramos’ time it was “Amelioration” after the then first lady Amelita Ramos; during Estrada’s, they called it “Eraption” and “Glorification” during the time of PGMA. Since last year, it is called P-Noy Bonus.
Basas clarifies that more than monetary benefits, performance bonus and other incentives would be a manifestation of government’s recognition to the efforts of men and women who work for its daily operation.
“At any rate, we are thankful that the government continued this tradition.” Basas ended.
Reference: Benjo Basas, Chairperson, 0920-5740241/ 3853437
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December 2, 2011