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    Briones: Fast track processing of teachers' salary, reconsider PBB 2018

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) chief on Saturday gave the go-signal to fast track the processing of salaries of teaching and non-teaching personnel and early cash release for critical activities amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

    Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones is continuing to discharge her functions as DepEd Chief.
    Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones is continuing to discharge her functions as the Department of Education chief even on a voluntary self-quarantine.

    Briones has requested the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for early cash release for 2nd quarter to finance critical activities, including the appeal for reconsideration of delayed PBB 2018; and to provide additional provident funds to be made readily available for affected personnel.

    PBB is an incentive given to government employees in accordance to their performance and contribution to the accomplishment of their agency’s overall targets and commitments.

    Last October 2019, DepEd released an Order for the grant of the release of performance-based bonus to DepEd officials and employees for fiscal year 2018.

    Briones reiterated that she is currently on a home quarantine only for extra precautionary measure until the DepEd officials who may have been exposed are cleared.

    “Wala naman akong symptoms at all. It [home quarantine] is more of precautionary dahil ako I deal with them [officials who may be exposed] every day,” Briones said in a media interview.

    Since the start of her voluntary self-quarantine, Sec. Briones remains on top of the Department’s management as she gives instructions to Execom, gets situation reports and DepEd Task Force COVID-19 updates via telecommuting tools, takes media interviews, and signs urgent documents needed by DepEd.

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    On Wednesday, March 11, she approved DepEd Order No. 2-2020 establishing the guidelines on graduation rites in light of the public health situation; and DepEd Memo No. 39, authorizing the prudent use of regular MOOE and local funds to implement measures in preparing and responding to the COVID-19 threats, particularly for DepEd offices and schools.

    READ: DepEd: Reschedule or forego holding of graduation, moving up rites

    — The Summit Express

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