Philippine Teachers Prefer Across-the-board Incentive Over Performance Bonus

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) appeals to Budget Department and Malacanang to retain the amount of P10, 000 productivity enhancement incentive (PEI) for all government employees or raise it to P15, 000.00 instead of the P5, 000.00 PEI and performance-based bonus (PBB) on top of it for this year. The group argued that until now, most of the people from the Department of Education (DepEd) especially the teachers are not aware on the amount of their bonus.


“We appreciate the generosity of the government for granting this bonus, however, we appeal that the P10, 000.00 PEI it granted since year 2007 be retained or raised regardless of the amount of the PBB.” said Benjo Basas, Caloocan City teacher and TDC’s national chairperson. “We further hope that said bonus will be given on time” he continued.

In previous years, PEI is released to government employees before Christmas break. “However, since the guidelines to determine the performance of agencies was only released by the inter-agency task force (IATF) lead by DBM last November 12, the agencies would have a hard time to comply with the intricate requirements to determine the eligibility of agencies and employees to the performance-based bonus.” Basas added.


According to the EO No. 80 of this year, which is also the basis of the IATF’s MC No. 2012-03,   government officials and employees would be entitled to a PEI in the amount of P5, 000.00 and a performance-based bonus that varies depending on the performance of the agency and the individual employee. Thus the bonus would range from P5, 000.00 for the good performing individuals in a good performing agency up to P35, 000.00 for the best performing individuals in the best performing agencies. Best performing agencies are those in the top 10% while the better performing are those in the next 25% and the good performing or actually the least performing agencies are those in the bottom 65 per cent.

The TDC also warn that division and disparity in the field may occur due to these guidelines. “For this particular year, we are not convinced that this performance-based bonus shall be implemented. It might cause disparity and would further divide the field. Everyone would be comparing his/her bonus to colleagues and perhaps would question the evaluation process.” Basas explained.

Basas clarified however that his group is not against giving incentives to performer and agrees that the non-performing employees or agencies should have less incentives, but, “We should be very careful in evaluating the performance of individuals and agencies. There should be a clear-cut policy and incontestable process. Our fear is that if we let the evaluation of performance to discretion of the unit head, objectivity might be questionable. Given the time left for the whole system to do it, then it might be prone to inconsistencies.” Basas furthered.

The group is planning to meet with DBM officials to clarify the matter.

“We believe that there should be a performance-based merit system, but we also believe that a mechanism for an effective measurement especially for this year is not ready.” Basas ended. #


Help Save Manila Bay

Is Manila Bay clean?

Yes. It’s twenty-four carat immaculate — last century.

You can lend a hand in saving this gem of the Philippines without leaving your seat. Simply “Like” the photo over here. The image, through the Germany-Philippines Chamber of Commerce Inc,. wishes to send a message to the city government, to the chiefdom himself, to the home rule, or to the vox populi, to do what they have failed to do for a long long time now.

Monday. Aimless.

I came upon this junker sitting on the bicycle lane so I tried to make a pass. But a red Honda — meters behind me — gave me a strong honk. Wouldn’t allow me. Not for a single second.

Bike lane no moreIt’s every cyclist’s woe here at the CCP Complex: motorists treat bikers like fungi and the bicycle lanes like jokes.

Anyway, what is not normal is, what am I doing riding around on the first working day of the week? We are enjoying a long holiday here in Manila right now.

Look around.

Crossing Roxas Boulevard.Crossing Roxas Boulevard.

All quiet on the waterfrontAll quiet on the waterfront

I think that I shall never see,  a poem lovely as a treeI think that I shall never see,  a poem lovely as a tree

Bataan, from the other side of Manila bayBataan, from the other side of Manila bay

DuskEvening in Baywalk

Manila In The Eye Of The Storm

We are currently in the middle of the worst storm in three years. So far as of this writing awful news continue to pile up: a landslide in Quezon City with countless fatalities; North Luzon Expressway impassable; thousands of stranded citizens everywhere; Metro Manila and nearby provinces under water, large areas in DEEPER waters. Universities and Colleges have suspended their classes as well as government and private offices. And this is not even a typhoon! They call it torrential rains and this has been going on for nearly 40 hours now and no end in sight.

I have compiled some images I have witnessed today (and surely there’s a lot more coming) from various social media networks with their corresponding photographer and I hope I made it right in naming them.











I Don’t Have To Smash Every Looney Along The Way

I rode the elevator with a rockstar today. Yep. It’s true. Earlier. The elevator. A true-blue rock n’ roller. He was singing to an Axl Rose tune. Actually high and mighty to the din of a GNR song. I love GnR don’t get me wrong. Even painted my pair of denim with the flashy two-pistols-two-roses emblem back in ’92. I love Axl’s voice. It’s “the sound that a tape player makes when the cassette finally dies and the tape gets ripped out…but in tune” remember? Screeech.

But, Axl’s yawp inside an elevator? Truth is, that doesn’t bother me. ‘Cause I’m cool as a cucumber. What troubles me is what this looney thinks of me. Is there nothing in my anatomy that could earn me some respect?

Next time I ride with rockstar I’ll make sure he’ll love Connie Francis.