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Teachers’ solon assails DBM for the delay of P10,000 bonus for public school teachers

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December 14, 2011


A teachers’ solon today assailed the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for not yet releasing the funds for the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) program, resulting to the delay in release of P10,000 bonus for public school teachers.

“What is taking too long for the DBM to give the funds to the DepEd? The news is infuriating, most especially whenever we remember how the Malacanang bragged that they will shoulder the entire amount of P10,000 Christmas bonus,” said ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio. “But then again, walang pagbabago sa administrasyon ni Presidente Aquino—public school teachers remain belittled in terms of just compensation,” he added.

Tinio also pointed out that the delay could cause further demoralization in the ranks of public school teachers. “They are the most overworked yet underpaid personnel in the government bureaucracy,” he noted. “And in the past three years, teachers had to wait until January of the following year before they could get the full amount of the so-called bonus,” stressed Tinio.

The very idea of “Christmas bonus” is defeated in this case, the ACT Teachers solon said.

In an Inquirer report today, Department of Education Communications Director Tina Ganzon confirmed the delay in release of Christmas bonus for public school teachers and assured that “the money may arrive on Thursday, but will still have to undergo processing before it is released.”

Tinio called on the DBM to immediately release the funds intended for the public school teachers’ Christmas bonus. “There is no point in delaying the Christmas bonus for our public school teachers. They selflessly sacrifice themselves to educate our youth and more than anyone else in the government bureaucracy, they certainly deserve an extra monetary compensation,” he ended.#



ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)

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