By Charisa Luci-Atienza
ACT Teachers partylist Rep. France Castro called on the Department of Education (DepEd) on Saturday, April 11 to expedite the release of the “long-overdue” 2018 performance based bonus (PBB) for teaching and non-teaching employees.
She made the call while thanking the DepEd for imposing a three-month moratorium on payment without interest of all DepEd Provident Fund (PF) loans.
“Kaugnay naman noong Performance Based Bonus noon 2018, alam ko na prinoproseso na ito sa lahat ng rehiyon, pero kalakhan pa rin ng mga rehiyon ay hindi pa rin natatanggap ito. Long-overdue na ito, dapat matanggap na ito kagyat ng mga guro at ng ating mga kawani,” Castro said in a Viber video message.
(With regard to the 2018 Performance Based Bonus, I know this is being processed in all regions, but most of the regions have yet to receive this. This is long-overdue, this should be received now by our teachers and non-teaching personnel.)
The DepEd earlier announced that all school-based personnel are eligible to receive the 2018 PBB after the AO25 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) decided to grant such benefit for teaching and non-teaching school-based personnel in all elementary and secondary schools nationwide.
“Inuulit natin, ang ating mga guro at kawani sa panahon ng crisis ay talagang nangangailangan rin kaya kagyat na maibigay itong benepisyo na ito,” Castro said.
(We would like to stress that teachers and non-teaching personnel badly need this in this time of crisis so this benefit should be immediately granted to them.)
Castro said all regions, including Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) should receive the PBB.
“Alam natin na ang nature ng PBB ay divisive, pero sana sa panahon ng economic crisis, wag itong mangyari at mabigyan lahat ang mga rank-and-file ng PBB,” she said.
(We know that the nature of PBB is divisive, but in this time of crisis, it should not happen and all rank-and-file will be given PBB.)
According to DepEd, the PBB is an “incentive given to government employees in accordance with their performance and contribution to the accomplishment of their agency’s overall targets and commitments.”
Castro thanked DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones for approving on Monday, April 6, Board Resolution No. 02, s. 2020 of the DepEd Provident Fund National Board of Trustees.
The Board resolution imposed a three-month moratorium on payment of loans, in compliance with the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act”.
Castro also cited DepEd’s effort to secure an agreement with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for a grant of moratorium and a three-month suspension of loan payments for their members and pensioners.
“Nagpapasalamat ang representasyong ito ng ACT Teachers Party-list sa ginawang aksyon ng Department of Education sa pamumuno ni Sec. Leonor Briones kaugnay doon sa mga benepisyo at mga deductions sa loans,” she said.
(This representation of ACT Teachers Partylist is thanking the DepEd, led by Sec. Leonor Briones for its action in connection with the benefits and deductions on loans.)