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[Press Release] Teachers ask DBM to release bonuses -TDC

Teachers ask DBM to release bonuses

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) asked the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to fast-track the release of bonuses due teachers this month to augment their Christmas and year-end expenses. They also criticize DBM for the media release this today announcing that there would be ‘additional bonus’ for state workers.

TDC

“In the first place, there is no additional bonus, because what DBM announced is the release of the PEI or the productivity enhancement incentive.” Said Benjo Basas, a teacher in Caloocan City and the group’s national chairperson. “It is not on top of the anticipated incentives for teachers and government employees. It is actually a reduction of incentive because from 2007 up to 2011, we receive the PEI in full P10, 000.” Basas exclaimed.

The group added that since year 2012, the PEI was reduced P5, 000 when the government introduced the controversial performance-based bonus or PBB, which the scheme, according to TDC is “unfair, deceptive and divisive.”

“This PBB is also a source of dismay among our teachers and government employees. This is supposedly released by October of this year, but until this very moment, only few teachers from several schools in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and CALABARZON have received their PBB. The scheme is so complicated.” Basas added.

Based on TDC national monitoring, only few schools have received the PEI as of today, while the DBM Budget Circular 2014-3 or the PEI guidelines for 2014 says the bonus may be released ‘NOT EARLIER THAN DECEMBER 15.’

“Before the DBM turn to media for publicity, it has to make sure of its obligation to teachers. “ Basas ended.

This and other issues will be tackled in TDC’s year-end meeting at the DepEd-NCR Conference Hall in Quezon City tomorrow afternoon. #

For details:
Benjo Basas, National Chairperson, 0920-574024

NEWS RELEASE
December 16, 2014

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[Statement] TDC on Government’s Christmas present to its teachers and employees

Benjo Basa source petiburgisdotcom“Both in time of tragedy and the season of Christmas, the government provided insufficient assistance to its teachers and employees. The Department of Education (DepEd) gave out lipsticks and make-up kits to the devastated teachers of Leyte– instead of much needed goods, temporary shelter and financial assistance. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) approved a P5, 000.00 bonus for state workers, 50% short of the P10, 000.00 allotment during the time of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Worst, Aquino government will implement the mass lay-off policy in DepEd and other agencies crafted during ex-PGMA’s time. This is the government’s Christmas present to its teachers and employees.”

-TDC Chair Benjo Basas
0920-5740241

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[Event/Campaign] #LightUp4FOI: Candle-Lighting on the Eve of the International Right to Know Day

#LightUp4FOI: Candle-Lighting on the Eve of the International Right to Know Day
By Jeff Crisostomo, Yuen Abana and Janet Aguinaldo Morales

LightUp4FOI

WhenFriday, September 27, 2013
Time5:00pm until 8:00pm

The PDAF Scam exposed how we Filipinos remain victims to plunder despite numerous government mechanisms to protect public funds. In the PDAF system, projects are supposed to conform to a limited menu of eligible project and each project is subject to oversight by Congress, the Department of Budget and Management and the implementing agencies. Each project has to abide by the Procurement Act, stringent guidelines on release of funds and participation by NGOs, and is subject to regular audit by COA.

Amid the breakdown at different points in government safeguard mechanisms, the calls to address the ills of pork barrel and to bring the guilty to justice, we also demand the immediate passage of the People’s Freedom of Information Act. It will empower us to directly protect ourselves against abuses of hard-earned resources that we entrust to government.

The Senate responded with urgency to our call. Public Information Chair Senator Grace Poe already completed the committee process and will present its report to the Senate plenary soon. Senate President Franklin Drilon targets to pass the FOI bill on third reading by end 2013, which, if it happens, will be the fastest ever by a chamber of Congress in the long legislative history of FOI. Emerging from past mixed signals, Malacañang announced a more decisive push by reportedly including FOI in the list of priority measures to be submitted to the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC).

Still, the House of Representatives remains the bastion of resistance to FOI. No credible concrete action to advance the bill has been proposed by its leaders. Worse, old excuses, such as the unavailability of a meeting room, are rehashed to explain inaction.

On Friday, September 27, the Lower House will hold its last session before taking a two-week break. On that day, they will approve the budgets of the Office of the President and the Department of Budget and Management. Budget discussions are an opportune time to press the issue of the pork barrel controversy and to push for transparency in the handling of public funds.

September 27 is also the eve of the International Right to Know Day. The Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition and other concerned groups and individuals will troop to the House of Representatives to convey our urgent demand for the passage of the People’s Freedom of Information Act. We invite you to join us.

We will assemble at 5 o’clock in the afternoon for a short program. By 6:30 p.m. we will light candles to symbolize our desire to have a government where information is illuminated and made accessible to all citizens.

Those who will not be able to join us in Batasan are encouraged to organize their own candle-lighting events in their own localities. You can also be involved via social media by posting a photo of yourself with a lit candle and a statement stating your call for the passage of the FOI Bill, with hashtag #LightUp4FOI. (Ex. “Ako si [NAME]; kasama ako sa panawagang ipasa na ang FOI Bill! #LightUp4FOI” or “I am [NAME]; I am one with the call for the passage of the FOI Bill! #LightUp4FOI”)

Panahon na para sa FOI sa ating bansa. Sa dami ng lumalantad na isyung may kinalaman sa pondo ng mamamayan, palakasin natin ang panawagang ipasa ang batas na magtitiyak na ang pamahalaan natin ay bukas at may pananagutan.

Tayo na para sa FOI!

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[Press Release] Teachers acknowledge DEPED pronouncement on bonus by TDC

Teachers acknowledge DEPED pronouncement on bonus

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The Department of Education (DepEd) yesterday announced that the performance-based bonus (PBB) for teachers may be released next. The DepEd last week submitted the requirements to Department of Budget and Management (DBM), thus the processing of said incentive started early this week.

The TDC acknowledges the response of both the DepEd and the DBM since according to the group, this PBB is for their performance during fiscal year 2012 and it should have been released on the first quarter of the year. The group held a series of dialogues with representatives of the said agencies that started December last year.

TDC however said that while they work to expedite the release of PBB, they still we believe that the scheme used by the government to reward the performing employees is defective and needed to be reviewed and amended.

The PBB is an incentive granted by the government to public school teachers and other employees under President Aquino’s executive order number 80, signed in July last year. It is a merit-based incentive system that would give the employees of the government a cash bonus ranging from P5, 000 to P35, 000 depending on their and their agency’s performance. The TDC however remained apprehensive of the scheme which they describe as “deceptive and unfair.”

Press Release
July 17, 2013

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Reference: Benjo Basas, National Chairperson 0920-5740241/ 0923-8643887

[Press Release] DBM sets terms of engagement for CSOs IN 2013 BUDGET PREPS

As part of the Administration’s campaign to energize citizen engagement in its budget preparations for 2013, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released a set of guidelines to standardize its partnership program with civil society organizations (CSOs) and other concerned stakeholders.

“The guidelines reaffirm our desire to institutionalize participatory budgeting in government. We want to nurture a strong relationship with CSOs, non-government organizations, and people’s groups in crafting the 2013 budget, so that our expenditure program will truly be community- and results-oriented,” Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said.

Released as a National Budget Circular in January 31, 2012, the guidelines identify key parameters for citizen participation, especially in the preparation and submission of agency budget proposals for the next fiscal year. The circular also covers partnerships that will be formed between civil society groups and government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs).

Included in the circular are a set of governing principles for DBM-CSO engagement, rules for implementing CSO partnerships, procedures for consultations, and the necessary feedback mechanisms for proper documentation of the consultation process.

“We have already tasked government departments and GOCCs to establish strong ties with people’s organizations so that resulting budget proposals are accurate, comprehensive, and participatory. To ensure the efficiency of the consultation process, CSOs and their corresponding agencies must enter into Budget Partnership Agreements (BPAs), which will define the scope of CSO engagements in budget preparation and execution, and the evaluations of agency programs and activities,” Abad said.

The guideline also specify eligibility requirements for partner CSOs to ensure the qualification and proper authority of partner organizations.

In addition, the circular re-emphasizes the approach of bottom-up budgeting as a complement to the CSO consultation process. The DBM confirmed that guidelines for the implementation of the bottom-up scheme will soon be released in a separate memorandum.

“We trust that all concerned departments and GOCCs will follow through with their CSO engagements in the 2013 budget preparation process. However, if an agency fails to enter into a BPA with the proper organizations, they must address a justification letter to us, which should be included in their budget proposal submissions,” Abad said.

The budget chief also noted that at the end of the formal consultation process, the DBM will organize various fora to assess the effectiveness of citizen participation in budget preparations. The fora will be conducted upon submission of the National Budget to Congress.

“The Aquino administration’s movement toward participatory governance is gaining ground, and we believe that this will soon translate to visible benefits to all Filipinos. We are very enthusiastic in pursuing fruitful partnerships with citizen organizations this year, and we hope to sustain this tradition among all agencies in succeeding years,” Abad said.

Department of Budget and Management
Press Release
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
http://www.dbm.gov.ph/index.php?pid=3&nid=2484

 

[From the web] 2013 Budget to sharpen focus on Pnoy’s five priority areas – www.president.gov.ph

Transparent Government

2013 BUDGET TO SHARPEN FOCUS ON PNOY’S FIVE PRIORITY AREAS
2012-01-25

  In a move to reinforce the Aquino Social Contract with the Filipino People, government departments and agencies will intensify the focus of their programs on the President’s five Key Result Areas (KRAs) as 2013 budget preparations go full throttle.

This is in line with the earlier instruction by President Benigno S. Aquino III, through Executive Order No. 43, to orient government spending around the five KRAs over the next five years.

“We initiated this practice in 2012, and it will gain a stronger foothold as we implement it across all departments for the 2013 budget. The Administration will ramp up funding for all programs and projects that are aligned with these five Social Contract priorities, while activities that deviate from our goals will be scaled down, if not eliminated altogether,” Abad said.

The five KRAs under the President’s Social Contract are identified as: 1) Transparent, accountable, and participatory governance; 2) Poverty reduction and empowerment of the poor and vulnerable; 3) Rapid, inclusive, and sustained economic growth; 4) Just and lasting peace and the rule of law; and 5) Integrity of the environment and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

In view of this, the Budget Chief emphasized that the 2013 expenditure plan will ensure the proper management of government resources to buttress good governance, empower the poor, promote inclusive growth, amp up national security, and protect local natural resources on a broader scale.

Meanwhile, Abad said that the 2012 national budget—currently being executed by the Department of Budget and Management—has earmarked funds to allow departments and agencies to implement programs that will create direct, immediate, and sustainable benefits for all Filipinos.

“The Aquino government has dedicated the bulk of its current national budget to social services, which includes key programs on education, sustainable poverty reduction, and public health. We’ve given these projects the highest allocation of P318.5 billion, up by 10.4 percent from the previous year,” Abad said.

Economic services also received a hefty allocation of P191.8 billion, while funds for national security were set at P182 billion. Environmental protection and climate-change initiatives received P30.6 billion and P18.8 billion, respectively.

Abad highlighted some key programs under these KRAs, including the P39.5-billion Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, the P1.2-billion fund for social pensions, P24.5 billion worth of irrigation projects, P5.69 billion for the jail management and penology program, P2.7 billion for the National Green Program, and P2.9 billion for major information and communication technology governance projects.

http://www.president.gov.ph/government/What-we-are-doing.aspx/2013%20BUDGET%20TO%20SHARPEN%20FOCUS%20ON%20PNOY%E2%80%99S%20FIVE%20PRIORITY%20AREAS