Teachers nationwide to get merit bonuses

GOOD news for public-school teachers.

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday reported to the Committee on Basic Education and Culture of the House of Representatives that school-based personnel will be among the first to receive the performance-based bonus (PBB) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 this month.

As of March 5, 2018, teachers in the Ilocos region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol, Davao and Socksksargen have already received their PBB, following the department’s receipt of certificate of compliance from the AO25 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) in January.

“Others will receive it within this week, or before March ends, we will make sure that we will complete all schools before we go to the Region, Division and Central offices,” DepEd Undersecretary for Planning and Field Operations Jesus Mateo informed the committee members.

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A representative from the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) Organization, Position Classification  and Compensation Bureau (OPCCB) confirmed Mateo’s report and added that, aside from the six regions, they are already processing the Special Allotment Release Order (Saro) for the National Capital Region (NCR) and Cagayan Valley, which are set to get the incentive within the week. DBM-OPCCB is also already evaluating the submission of Regions 8, 9, 10, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Caraga, and awaiting the submission of Regions 4B, 6, 7 and the now-defunct Negros Island Region (NIR).

Mateo admitted the DepEd encountered challenges in the requirements for the grant of PBB, some of which include factors the department addressed in compliance with the PBB requirements for FY 2017.

The AO25 Memorandum Circular (MC) 2016-1 prescribes the criteria and conditions for the grant of PBB for FY 2016. Given are the following requirements: 1) Department Performance Accomplishment Report; 2) Good Governance Conditions; 3) Public Financial Management Reports; 4) Agency Procurement Compliance and Performance; and 5) Posting of Operations Manual or ISO Certification. A government agency must be able to comply with all conditions in order to qualify for the release of PBB.

The department complied with the set criteria but had difficulty meeting the preconditions on the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS), the budget utilization rate (BUR), and specific physical accomplishments, which nearly rendered the department ineligible. Through the joint efforts of various delivery units within all governance levels, the DepEd took significant steps and actions to overcome these impediments  and,  in the fourth quarter of 2017, submitted the necessary documents for approval by the DBM.

Mateo said that,  since a major part of the department’s delayed compliance was due to procurement issues, the DepEd is proposing to adopt a framework or ordering agreement to mitigate the delays and ensure improved compliance.

The undersecretary further noted that, for the PBB, FY 2017, come summer of 2018, the department will conduct orientation on the submission for PBB.

Based on Executive Order (EO) 80, series 2012, PBB is “a top-up incentive given to personnel of bureaus or delivery unit in accordance to their contribution to the accomplishment of their department’s overall targets and commitments.”

Further, the grant of PBB “aims to motivate higher performance and greater accountability and to ensure the achievement of education targets and commitments under the five Key Result Areas (KRAs) in EO 43, s. 2011 and the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011-2016.”

 

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Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco is a grant recipient and fellow of 2017 media fellowship program by Probe Media Foundation Inc. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Mass Communication from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM). After graduating in 2000 she immediately worked as a newspaper correspondent for Today Newspaper until 2005. Within those five years in Today Newspaper, she was assigned to cover the Eastern Police and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Rizal Province, and the Departments of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Tourism (DOT). In October of 2005, she became a correspondent for the Philippine Business Daily Mirror Publishing, Inc. She covers Health, Education, MMDA, the local government units in the eastern and southern portions of the metropolis, and Rizal Province.