June 16, 2021 – The Department of Education (DepEd) is working closely with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to fast-track the release of its 2019 Performance-Based Bonus (PBB), Education Secretary Leonor Briones announced on Wednesday.

The announcement came after the AO25 Secretariat of the Interagency Task Force (IATF) on the Harmonization of National Government Performance Monitoring, Information and Reporting System sent the final validation letter to DepEd last May 31, 2021.

“Even before the pandemic, we have constantly communicated with the DBM and AO25 IATF to ensure that our teachers and personnel will receive benefits and allowances due to them.

They have been working tirelessly in delivering quality education and service amidst the challenges of the pandemic,” Secretary Briones said.

As of June 15, 2021, the DBM-OPCCB have already transmitted the FY 2019 PBB of the elementary and secondary schools of twelve (12) Regional Offices (CAR, NCR, I, III, IV-A, V, VI, IX, X, XI, XII, and CARAGA) of DepEd to DBM ROs concerned for the processing and issuance of the corresponding SARO of the PBB.

In addition, Region IV – B, VII, and VIII are currently being reviewed by DBM – CO while Region II was already validated by DBM – Central Office and will be transmitted to DBM – Regional Office for the release of the SARO.

Meanwhile, the DepEd Chief said that they anticipate the release of the PBB funds for all teaching and the majority of non-teaching employees within the next two months, subject to the final approval of the DBM.

“We thank our AO25 IATF colleagues for recognizing the Department’s efforts in pushing for concrete and visible reforms to better serve our Filipino learners and stakeholders. We will continue to work with DBM in endorsing, processing, and eventually, releasing the PBB funds as part of our outstretched assistance to all DepEd employees,” Briones added.

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

For 2018 to 2020, the Results-Based Performance Management System (RBMPS) set the criteria for PBB based on the results that matter to various stakeholders. Specifically, the 2019 PBB highlighted the need for streamlining and process improvement of the agency’s critical services and its client feedback and satisfaction survey.

To ensure compliance, Briones said that DepEd has undertaken measures such as institutionalizing its national quality management system across all its governance levels, adhering to governance standards, improving efficiencies to allow seamless public service delivery, and improving the agency’s and individuals’ overall performance and productivity.

These measures were recognized by the AO25 IATF, noting that the Department was able to comply with 13 of the 15 good governance indicators.

While the IATF granted the release of the 2019 PBB for all teaching and the majority of non-teaching employees, some DepEd personnel were isolated and deemed ineligible for the grant of the annual bonus due to non-compliance with the APP non-CSE and EPA indicators.

The DepEd Central Office is now finalizing the performance ranking reports for SDOs, ROs, and COs before submitting the same to DBM and AO25 Secretariat.

“Nevertheless, the teaching and non-teaching personnel shall receive the PBB upon arrival receipt of the downloaded budget and the completion of pertinent documents,” Briones noted.

She also stressed that achieving PBB requirements is a commitment and shared responsibility of all concerned offices across the DepEd Central, Regional, Schools Division Levels Offices, and Schools.

“In the coming years, let’s work together in order to comply with all the indicators and aim for 100% eligibility to provide quality basic education services for all,” Briones said.