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Briones Requests DBM to Fast-Track Teachers’ Salary, Reconsider 2018 PBB

Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, the chief of the Department of Education (DepEd) requested the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to fast track the salaries for the 2nd quarter of the government agency’s teaching and non-teaching personnel amid the COVID-10 pandemic.

President Rodrigo Duterte placed Metro Manila in a community quarantine, but this was later upgraded into a lockdown of the entire Luzon island. But many other local government units (LGUs) in provinces, cities, and towns in the country have also followed suit, placing their areas of responsibility under community quarantine until April 14, synchronizing with the president’s order.

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With everyone told to stay at home and only go out when absolutely necessary, a lot of citizens went into panic-buying mode as they wanted to stash as much food and supplies in their homes to last a month. But not everyone was able to buy food to last for many days, due to a lack of extra cash.

Amid this crisis, Briones gave the go-signal to fast track the processing of salaries of workers in DepEd. Aside from getting their salaries earlier than schedule, Briones also appealed to DBM for the reconsideration of teachers’ delayed 2018 Performance-Based Incentive (PBB).

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Under the guidelines released as far back as October 2019, the PBB rates of individuals will be based on the performance ranking of the respective delivery units they belong to, with the rate being computed as a multiple of their individual basic monthly salary as of the end of FY 2018.

Delivery units that belong to the top 10% are considered as ‘Best Delivery Unit’ and will receive a PBB equivalent to 65% of their basic monthly salary. The next 25% are categorized as ‘Better Delivery Unit’ and will receive 57.5% of their basic monthly salary. Meanwhile, the next 65% are categorized as ‘Good Delivery Unit’ and will receive 50% of their basic monthly salary.

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