The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) demands that the Department of Education (DepEd) immediately clarify and suspend the implementation of the Results-Based Performance Management System (RPMS) for the school year 2023-2024. 

"For almost a month, DepEd's silence has left the field gripped with confusion and conflict between teachers and school administrators," said Benjo Basas, the group's national chairperson.

The TDC has already sent two letters requesting clarification and the official position of the DepEd regarding the submission of RPMS documents such as the Individual Performance Commitment and Review Form (IPCRF) and the Office Performance Commitment and Review Form (OPCRF) on June 23 and July 4, yet there has been no reply.

"We earnestly request that your good office relax or entirely suspend the implementation of the IPCRF/OPCRF for the school year 2023-2024," Basas stated in his more recent letter.

According to TDC, their demand to halt the RPMS in the DepEd is in line with Executive Order No. 61, which was signed by President Marcos on June 3 and suspends the Results-Based Performance Management System (RBPMS) and the Performance-Based Incentive System (PBIS) in government work.

"Although the suspension takes effect in June 2024, Section 5 of the Order specifies that fiscal year 2023 is a transition year for the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB), an incentive closely related to the RPMS and PBIS," Basas added.

The group argues that relaxing or completely suspending the IPCRF and OPCRF for school employees for SY 2023-2024, which form the basis of the PBB 2023, is justified. Moreover, the group cites a memorandum released by the Office of Undersecretary Wilfredo Cabral on February 22 stating that this week only falls under Phase III of the RPMS cycle of DepEd. These points, according to the TDC, justify the need to suspend the implementation of RPMS in DepEd for SY 2023-2024 and await the results of the TWG review under EO 61.

"The RPMS-IPCRF issue has caused a lot of confusion among our field personnel. Conflicting claims and instructions have only worsened the situation," Basas concluded.

The TDC expects an immediate response from the DepEd to address this pressing concern, especially since teachers are now already occupied with many tasks related to the National Learning Camp, enrollment period, Palarong Pambansa, Brigada Eskwela, and other tasks related to the opening of the next school year.