[Press Release] TDC slams the delay of teachers’ Performance Based-Bonus (PBB)

TDC slams the delay of teachers’ Performance Based-Bonus (PBB),
Reiterates call for a p10, 000 across the board pay increase

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) slams the Department of Education (DepEd) for another delay in a bonus that supposedly given by the end of year 2013. The performance-based bonus (PBB) is part of the productivity based-incentive system (PBIS) under the Salary Standardization Law-3 enacted in 2009 and implemented since year 2012 under the Executive Order No. 80 signed by Pres. Noynoy Aquino. The other incentive is the productivity enhancement incentive or PEI amounting to P5, 000.00 and given to all the employees and officials of the government.

TDC

“This PBB is long been overdue. There were pronouncements in the past that this bonus will be released earlier, yet the DepEd has only come up with the guidelines in July with a projection that the PBB will be released by September to October, 2014.” Said Benjo Basas, a Caloocan City teacher and TDC’s national chairperson. “But during the World Teachers’ Day celebration in Quezon City, a DepEd official announced that the PBB would be released by November.” He added.

Basas, however said his group is not in favor of the PBB scheme under EO 80 and in fact called to scrap the policy and instead provide an across the board incentive which is, according to them is fair and justifiable.

“This PBB scheme is unfair and deceptive and would further divide the government employees.” He said.

PBB under Executive Order 80 signed by the president in July 2012 is a scheme granting monetary benefits to government employees ranging from 0 to P35, 000.00 based on their ‘performance.’ The teachers however are critical of the scheme because the government specifically the Department of Education (DepEd) has no clear-cut policy on how to measure the teachers’ performance that resulted to incentive disparity and demoralization among the teachers when it was first implemented in school year 2012-2013.

“Another problem is the delay in the release of this incentive,” added Basas. “The PBB is supposedly given by the end of the year, our 2012 incentive however was only released in August 2013, and until now we are still waiting for our PBB for year 2013.”

Last year’s PBB criteria have become controversial with the DepEd listing the drop-out rate, national achievement test (NAT) performance and the disbursement of school’s funds as the bases of school’s performance, which was also become the basis of individual teacher’s performance.

“All of those criteria have nothing to do with the performance of individual teachers, thus putting the majority of us to disadvantage.” Basas explained

“Even the promise of a P35, 000 incentive is a deception because it is only limited to 1% of all the employees of the DepEd or the entire bureaucracy.” Basas furthered arguing that those who will be entitled to a maximum incentive should be in the top 10% or the ‘best’ category of employees in an agency which is also rated as ‘best’ or the top 10% of all the agencies or delivery units. “Thus, encourages all the 600, 000 teachers and employees of the DepEd to compete for P35, 000.”

The TDC said this is the main reason why some schools have resorted to cheating the NAT to get better result which clearly defeats the purpose both of the NAT and the PBB itself. The group instead called for a standardized benefits or the productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) in the amount of P15, 000 for all the government employees and a P10, 000 across the board increase for teachers and depEd personnel in accordance with the bills filed in Senate.

“The everyday sacrifices of teachers in our public school system are more than enough to prove that we are performing teachers, and everyone, not just few of us deserves performance incentives.” Basas ended.

NEWS RELEASE
October 8, 2014

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