Teachers’ bonuses not realigned for DAP

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By Lorenzo E. Mendoza

The Scribe’s Corner

Sunday, July 27, 2014


DIRECTOR’S Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of DepED 11 OIC Regional Director Nenita E. Lumaad, CSEE to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education) "You have to be familiar with all the programs and projects of our organization and you have to be accountable to each one. There should be sense of urgency in whatever you do.”

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On allegations that teachers’ bonuses were removed and realigned for Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) of the national government. The DepED Central Office said that since 2012, the fund for teachers’ bonuses are included in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) charged against the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF) and NOT from savings.

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Public school teachers, like all government employees, are now under a Performance-Based Incentive System (PBIS) consisting of an across-the-board Performance Enhancement Incentive (PEI) of P5,000 plus a Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) ranging from P5,000 to P35,000, depending on performance. This means that a teacher or employee now receives a minimum of P10,000 to a maximum of P40,000 versus the P10,000 across the board bonus in previous years.
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50% of private HS students receive government subsidy. The Department of Education (DepEd) assisted more than 800,000 students in private schools through the Government Assistance for Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) in School Year (SY) 2013-2014.

Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said that DepED’s mandate is to provide every Filipino child with access to quality education. He added that the GASTPE is part of the department’s continuing thrust to democratize access to quality education in the country.

Since the expansion of the ESC program, the total number of students availing the program has increased from 666,000 in SY 2009-2010 to 809,000 in SY 2013-2014. This number constitutes over 50% of the total secondary private schools enrolment last year. More than 90% of the 809,000 ESC beneficiaries were enrolled in private schools outside Metro Manila.
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DepEd boosts child protection policy in schools. The official website of DepED, http://www.deped.gov.ph reported that since the institutionalization of the Anti-Bullying Act (Republic Act 10627) in 2013, the Department of Education (DepEd) has advanced its Child Protection Policy (CPP) through the creation of Child Protection Committees in school divisions.

Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said that RA 10627 has enhanced DepEd’s existing Child Protection Policy (DepEd Order No. 40, s. 2012) which puts primary importance on the well-being of children. He said that the Act contributed to the Department’s continuing push to develop safe and nurturing learner-centered institutions.

Luistro added that the enactment of the Anti-Bullying Act paved the way for a heightened awareness against child abuse. The inclusive nature of the Act now mandates all elementary and secondary schools—public and private—to adopt policies to address bullying in their institutions in order to provide a safer environment for students.
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You can access DepED Updates, latest issuances, photos and other relevant information through our website: http://www.deped.gov.ph and our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/deped.regionxi. For comments, suggestions and/or contributions, send your email to region11@deped.gov.ph. For queries, complains and other concerns for the different schools divisions email them to davao.city@deped.gov.ph, davao.delsur@deped.gov.ph, davao.delnorte@deped.gov.ph, tagum.city@deped.gov.ph, panabo.city@deped.gov.ph, igacos@deped.gov.ph, davao.oriental@deped.gov.ph, digos.city@deped.gov.ph, mati.city@deped.gov.ph and compostela.valley@deped.gov.ph

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 28, 2014.

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