MANILA, Philippines – Two years have passed but the performance bonuses of education and health departments’ employees have yet to be released.
In a press briefing on Wednesday, February 14, the delayed release of the bonuses was attributed to the late submission of reports required by the oversight committee, leading to the exclusion of some Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Health (DOH) employees from receiving their 2016 incentives.
According to the DBM, both DepEd and DOH were declared eligible for performance-based bonus (PBB) for 2016 only this year.
Budget chief Benjamin Diokno gave assurances that the department is working closely with DepEd and DOH to hasten the release of incentives.
“The release of the 2016 PBB has encountered several delays owing to late or incomplete submission of requirements of agencies. On our part, we are doing our best to speed up the processing of the documents we have on hand,” said Diokno.
According to the DBM, the following employees are excluded from the 2016 PBB:
- The units including the highest official from 25 DepEd school division offices that are most responsible for the agency’s failure to accomplish PhilGEP’s posting requirements
- DepEd offices with low utilization rate that affected the failure of the department to achieve its target in terms of budget utilization
- The units that are not compliant with PhilGEPS and those responsible for delayed procurement and failed biddings
- Those responsible for the late submission of the budget and financial accountability report
DBM is already processing the release of bonuses to qualified officials and employees of the DOH.
However, it is still requesting documents from the DepEd to hasten the release of incentives to the following eligible employees:
- DepEd Regional Office I – 1,414 employees
- DepEd Regional Office III – 2,052 employees
- Elementary and secondary schools in RO III – 77,438 employees
- DepEd Regional Office IV-A – 1,938 employees
- Elementary and secondary schools in RO IV-A – 86,305 employees
- DepEd Regional Office V – 1,826 employees
- Elementary and secondary schools in RO V – 56,826 employees
In January, Teachers’ Dignity Coalition slammed the delayed release of the PBB.
ACT Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro also requested from the House of Representatives for a probe to look into the delay, saying that other government employees have already received theirs.
The PBB was introduced during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III. It enables a public employee to earn additional incentive of P5,000 to P35,000 a year. (READ: DBM will continue to release performance bonus to gov’t employees)
The granting of performance-based bonuses aims to motivate government employees and their offices to perform better, have greater accountability, and ensure their commitment targets are met. – Rappler.com