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Public school teachers appeal for retention of usual incentive this Christmas
By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis
posted 8-Dec-2012  ·  
Government paid teachers are appealing to the national government to retain the incentive they have been receiving in the past years amid reports that it will be reduced this time.

Teachers’ Dignity Coalition National Chairperson Benjo Basas, in an interview, appealed to the Department of Budget and Management and to President Benigno Aquino III to retain the productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) for all government employees including the lowly paid teachers.

Basas said that they are asking for the Department of Budget and Managementto retain the PEI which they have been receiving for the past four years amounting to 10,000 instead of the P5,000 which they are said to receive this December.

“Nais po sana naming imaintain ang ibinibigay ng gobyerno na 10,000 kung kaya ng gobyerno mas taasan pa pero huwag sanang ibaba,” Basas said.

The group is also asking for the government to defer the implementation of the Performance-Based bonus (PBB) for this year. PBB is an added incentive to be given to outstanding government employees of the different departments and agencies including teachers.

Basas explained that in the case of the Department of Education, the implementation of the PBB cannot be complied and it won’t be effective since more than 600,000 employees would be evaluated and ranked to be recognized as an outstanding employee or teacher.

“It might cause disparity and would further divide the field. Everyone would be comparing his/her bonus to colleagues and perhaps would question the evaluation process.” Basas explained.

He clarified however that his group is not against giving incentives to performers and agrees that the non-performing employees or agencies should have less incentives.

He said that the government should be very careful in evaluating the performance of individuals and agencies. There should be a clear-cut policy and incontestable process. “Our fear is that if we let the evaluation of performance to discretion of the unit head, objectivity might be questionable. Given the time left for the whole system to do it, then it might be prone to inconsistencies.”

In previous years, PEI is released to government employees before Christmas break. “However, since the guidelines to determine the performance of agencies was only released by the inter-agency task force (IATF) lead by DBM last November 12, the agencies would have a hard time to comply with the intricate requirements to determine the eligibility of agencies and employees to the performance-based bonus,” Basas added.

According to the EO No. 80, which is also the basis of the IATF’s MC No. 2012-03, government officials and employees would be entitled to a PEI in the amount of P5, 000 and a performance-based bonus that varies depending on the performance of the agency and the individual employee. Thus the bonus would range from P5,000 for the good performing individuals in a good performing agency up to P35,000 for the best performing individuals in the best performing agencies.

Best performing agencies are those in the top 10% while the better performing are those in the next 25% and the good performing or actually the least performing agencies are those in the bottom 65 percent.

He added that it is better for the government to give across the board incentive for all government employees and public school teachers to recognize their efforts as a performing employee serving their duties.

Basas said that the government should act fast since the Christmas season is nearing. "Sana magbigay na ng nararapat na insentibo ang pamahalaan para magiging masagana, masaya at merry ang pasko naming mga guro at ng iba pang kawani ng gobyerno, ” he said.(RC- PIA-CAR)
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the logic is very simple, what teachers are asking for is the usual christmas gift given to them, and since its christmas it should be given without any conditions beacause it's a gift.
by Doris Borja  ·   23-Dec-2012  ·  
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