PBB for FY 2021: A Boost for Educators
In a significant development, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has announced that approximately 920,073 personnel in public elementary and secondary schools under the Department of Education (DepEd) will be granted their performance-based bonuses (PBB) for the fiscal year 2021. This commendable initiative follows the release of PHP11.6 billion by the DBM for the distribution of PBB to DepEd’s dedicated teaching personnel.
A Milestone in PBB Distribution
As of September 1, 2023, the DBM disclosed that all 16 of its regional offices (ROs) have released the necessary Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) and Notice of Cash Allocations (NCAs) for the fiscal year 2021 PBB designated for school-based personnel within the DepEd.
Determining the FY 2021 PBB
The basis for granting the fiscal year 2021 PBB, as explained by the department, is DepEd’s achievements throughout the fiscal year 2021. This distribution of SAROs/NCAs came after meticulous evaluation and validation of updated documents submitted by DepEd between April and August 2023.
Assessment by Inter-Agency Task Force
The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Harmonization of National Government Performance Monitoring, Information, and Reporting Systems conducted the Final Evaluation Assessment for DepEd in January 2023, as revealed by the DBM. This comprehensive assessment contributed to the subsequent distribution of PBB.
DBM’s Commitment to Educators
DBM Secretary Amenah Pangandaman expressed the DBM’s solidarity with the nation’s educators and their exceptional contributions. Pangandaman reaffirmed their dedication to ensuring the prompt release of PBB, acknowledging the outstanding work of the country’s teachers.
Revalidation for Non-Teaching Personnel
Meanwhile, the DBM has stated that they returned the documentary requirements for the fiscal year 2021 PBB for non-teaching personnel under the Schools Division Offices in various ROs, including Metro Manila, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Eastern Visayas, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, and Caraga, to DepEd for revalidation or revision.
Addressing Concerns and Ensuring Accuracy
The DBM reported that they sent back these documents due to various concerns, such as duplicate entries, incorrect information regarding months of service, and the absence of certain personnel in DepEd’s Personnel Services Itemization and Plantilla of Personnel, among other issues. After the DBM revalidates and approves them, they will endorse these documents to DBM ROs for SARO and NCA processing.
Ongoing Review for Non-Teaching Personnel
In addition to these efforts, the DBM Central Office is actively reviewing the submitted documents for the fiscal year 2021 PBB of non-teaching personnel in eight DepEd ROs, ensuring a fair and transparent process for all school personnel.
This commitment by the DBM underscores the importance of recognizing and supporting the tireless work of educators in the Philippines.