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Monday, March 4, 2024

DBM releases P11.6b for state teachers’ bonuses

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The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P11.6 billion for the 2021 performance-based bonus (PBB) of 920,073 personnel of public elementary and secondary schools nationwide.

Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman, in a statement, assured the public school teachers that they will soon receive their performance-based bonus for the year 2021.

“The DBM stands with our nation’s educators and recognizes their extraordinary work. We are one with our teachers in the pursuit of the immediate release of their bonuses,” Pangandaman said.

As of September 1, 2023, all 16 regional offices of the Department of Education (DepEd) have released the corresponding special allotment release orders (SAROs) and notice of cash allocations (NCAs) to the DepEd for the fiscal year 2021 bonuses of the school-based personnel.

The SAROs/NCAs were issued after the DBM’s evaluation and validation of the required updated documents, which DepEd submitted from April to August 2023. The basis for granting the 2021 bonus was DepEd’s accomplishments for the year.

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The Final Evaluation Assessment for the DepEd was released by the Administrative Order No. 25 Inter-Agency Task Force in January 2023, while the necessary documents for the purpose were submitted by the DepEd to the DBM from April to August 2023.

This could be attributed to the remarkably high number of eligible personnel at around 900,000 employees of the DepEd, and the voluminous documents being submitted for the purpose. Evaluation of the documents was facilitated and processed by the DBM immediately after.

Meanwhile, the documentary requirements for the non-teaching personnel under the schools division offices in eight regional offices (NCR, CAR, RO Nos. III, IV-A, VIII, XI, XII, and XIII) have been returned by the DBM to the DepEd for revalidation and revision.

The documents were sent back due to varying concerns, such as duplicate entries, incorrect information on the months of service, and certain personnel not found in the DepEd’s Personnel Services Itemization and Plantilla, among others.

Once received, revalidated, and approved by DBM, the documents will be endorsed to the DBM regional offices for processing of the SARO and NCA.

The DBM central office is also reviewing submitted documents for the 2021 PBB of non-teaching personnel in eight other DepEd regional offices.

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