The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) has officially requested an urgent meeting with Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Amenah Pangandaman to address concerns affecting public school teachers.

In a letter dated July 4, 2024, TDC National Chairperson Benjo Basas reiterated the group’s request for an update on the anticipated salary increase for civilian government employees, including public school teachers, for fiscal year 2024. This request follows previous communications dated March 25 and May 10, 2024. In addition to the salary increase, the TDC also seeks clarification on the long-awaited Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) and queries about the impact of Executive Order No. 61.

The group emphasizes three pressing concerns:

1. Status of the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for FY 2022. Teachers have been waiting for over a year for the release of their PBB for 2022, despite having submitted all necessary requirements last year. The delay has caused frustration among educators who are yet to receive this promised incentive.

2. Impact of Executive Order No. 61 on the PBB and PEI. President Marcos’ Executive Order No. 61, which suspends the Results-Based Performance Management System (RBPMS or RPMS in DepEd) and the Performance-Based Incentive System (PBIS), raises questions about the continuity of specific bonuses. While the TDC agrees that the PBB may cease to exist because it is being used as the justification for the "burdensome, bureaucratic, laborious, and time-consuming” nature of the RPMS, the group seeks assurance that fair incentives like the Service Recognition Incentive (SRI) and Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) will still be provided to employees. The TDC also seeks clarification on whether teachers are still required to comply with DepEd's RPMS rules for the school year 2023-2024 because, until now, the DepEd has yet to respond to several queries from TDC and other entities.

3. Results of the DBM-GCG Studies and the Status of Salary Increase for FY 2024. Previously, the DBM promised to release the studies that form the basis for the new compensation scheme for government employees by the end of June. However, as the first week of July concludes, there has been no update from the DBM, leaving teachers in a state of uncertainty regarding their expected salary adjustments.

The TDC said that these issues should be taken seriously and addressed promptly, considering that DepEd has one million employees, not to mention other government employees waiting for the salary increase for FY 2024. The group hopes that Secretary Pangandaman will respond favorably soon.

Earlier, the TDC said that these matters will also be brought to the attention of incoming Secretary Sonny Angara once the lawmaker assumes the post of DepEd Chief and grants their request for dialogue.