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    DepEd: Public school teachers not entitled to anniversary bonus this 2019, PBB not yet confirmed

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) clarified that public school teachers are not entitled to an anniversary bonus this year.

    DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla
    DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla clarifies list of compensation teachers will receive this year | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Annalyn Sevilla

    DepEd Undersecretary for Finance-Budget and Performance Monitoring Annalyn Sevilla announced the clarification on Sunday, September 29.

    Sevilla corrected reports on the expected compensation and allowances that teachers will receive this year. According to her, several Facebook pages have been sharing a list of "upcoming releases from DepEd," so it was best that the education agency make an updated announcement about it.

    Sevilla stated, "I was recently asked on the veracity of the list of benefits and allowances that are due to be paid to all DepEd employees on or before November 15, 2019. Apparently, several FB pages have posted a list of “upcoming releases from DepEd."

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    The DepEd undersecretary confirmed that public school teachers can expect to receive the following compensation:

    • Year-end bonus (equivalent to one month salary and to be given on or after November 15);
    • P5,000 cash gift (on or after November 15);
    • Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) in the amount of P5,000 (to be given not earlier than December 15) per DBM Circular 2017-4 and EO 201, s. 2016

    Sevilla, however, clarified that the DepEd Anniversary bonus will not be given this year 2019.

    She said that the DepEd Anniversary Bonus is given only during a milestone year which is every 5 years. Since the last payment anniversary bonus was given last year, the next is expected to be given on June 2023.

    Sevilla explained that even the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) this year is not yet confirmed.

    READ: Here's the list of benefits DepEd teachers enjoy for their dedicated service

    She said that the PBB is not an "automatic benefit" but based on a validated performance of the agency for the year.

    Sevilla stated, "Right now, our PBB application is undergoing review/validation for qualification. Central office units are complying with the initial findings and/or request for additional info/data/reports."

    Sevilla explained that in the previous years, even if DepEd doesn't qualify in the PBB, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) still approves DepEd's request to release the PBB incentive to teachers.

    This year, DepEd is hoping the PBB will still be approved and even include non-teaching personnel.

    Sevilla added,"Let’s wait for the results and hope that not only teachers are granted PBB, but the whole DepEd family na, including teaching-related and non-teaching positions.”

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