Legazpi City, Albay – Education Secretary Bro Armin Luistro announced Tuesday that public school teachers nationwide will soon be granted substantial salary increase.
Luistro announced this during the Joint Grand Summit on Senior High School held in this province, where he confirmed that the Cabinet is now discussing the salary standardization of all the government employees, including public school teachers.
He said among the government workers, teachers will get the highest wage increase.
“Actually, ang pinag-uusapan na lang ngayon ay kung gaano kataas ang idadagdag (Actually, what’s being discussed now is how much the increase is),” Luistro said.
Luistro, quoting Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, said the wage hike was discussed in the recent Cabinet meeting.
“So pag-naisama na yan sa Cabinet meeting, siguro naman seryoso na ang ating gobyerno (If the wage hike is included in the Cabinet meeting agenda, the government must be serious about it),” Luistro said.
Recently, President Aquino approved the P3.002-trillion proposed national budget for 2016, the biggest chunk of which is for the Department of Education (DepEd).
Meanwhile, Luistro announced that DepEd officials and employees will receive their 2014 Performance Based Bonus (PBB) from September to October this year.
“The PBB shall be given to all government personnel in accordance with their contribution to the accomplishment of their department’s overall targets and commitments,” Luistro said in DepEd Order No. 30, series of 2015. The PBB is a top-up bonus that ranges from P5,000 to P35,000, which shall be given to government personnel.
The PPB is part of the Performance-Based Incentive System (PBIS) for government employees based on “the principle that service delivery by the bureaucracy can be improved by linking personnel incentives to the bureau or delivery unit’s performance and by recognizing and rewarding exemplary performance to foster teamwork and meritocracy.”
President Aquino issued the Executive Order No. 80 which directed the adoption of the PBIS. Aside from PBB, PBIS also consists of the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) which is the “across-the-board bonus equivalent to P5,000 or one month basic salary.”
HOW TO GET PBB
To be eligible for the PBB, Luistro explained that “the performance of each agency shall be measured using verifiable and credible indicators” such as the department/agency’s major final outputs and performance targets; its commitments to the President and support to the government’s priorities; and good governance conditions based on financial stewardship, process efficiency and leadership, learning, and growth.
“Once the agency acquires eligibility to PBB, the delivery units and personnel shall be evaluated according to their performance in the achievement of the agency’s performance targets,” Luistro explained. To oversee the implementation of the PBB guidelines, he said that task force was created.
Luistro said that the “delivery units and personnel within the agency shall be ranked” and this “ranking shall determine the performance category and level of PBB that each personnel shall receive.”
To be eligible for the PBB, Luistro said that the DepEd – as an agency – must achieve 90 percent of each one of the Congress-approved performance targets; achieve at least 90 percent of each one of the priority programs/projects for FY 2014 agreed with the President; and satisfy the 100 percent good governance conditions set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).
Luistro said that “all officials and employees in the Department holding regular plantilla positions, casual and contractual employees having an employer-employee relationship with the DepEd are qualified for PBB.” (With a report from Merlina Hernando Malipot)