By Mario Casayuran
Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian today called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to solve the perennial issue of delays in the delivery of performance-based bonuses of public school teachers.
This problem has bugged the DepEd since school year 2012-2013, Gatchalian, vice chairman of the Senate education committee, pointed out.
Gatchalian said teachers have yet to receive their bonuses for school year 2016-2017.
“This is the first time the delay has reached the following fiscal year. In a recent comment, Education Undersecretary Jesus Mateo blamed failed biddings and delayed processing of clearances,’’ he pointed out.
Gatchalian said the long delay in the release of these bonuses is “absolutely unacceptable.’’
Our grossly underpaid teachers rely on these bonuses to support their families and make ends meet,” he stressed.
Gatchalian said DepEd needs to fix this problem as soon as possible, adding that the DepEd should streamline its clearance processing mechanisms to ensure that no further delays will occur.
“Ensuring that teachers are properly compensated for their hard work and dedication to the youth of this country is something that should be at the top of the government’s ‘To Do’ list. Our teachers deserve better than this,” he added.