DepEd says 11 regions already received SAROs and NCAs from DBM

December 23, 2009 11:10 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 23 — The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday said that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is in the process of releasing the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) and the Notice of Cash Allocation (NCA) for the grant of Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) to their employees: teaching and non-teaching personnel.

DepEd undersecretary for Finance and Administration Jesus Galvan said, “We are closely monitoring the status of payments of PEI. In fact, as early as December 18, SARO and NCA for the P7,000.00 were already released by DBM to some regions.”

“And as of December 23, 11 regions out of the 16 DepEd Regions have already received their SAROs and NCAs from the DBM and they are now giving the P7,000.00 to their employees. The five remaining regions are expected to receive theirs as soon as the DBM releases their SAROs and NCAs,” he added.

Galvan said that as for the P3,000 PEI, the amount shall be charged against the agency’s savings in allotments.

“We are appealing to DBM for the release of the withheld appropriations of the Department for personal services representing salaries and other benefits of unfilled/vacant positions to enable us to pay the P3,000.00 PEI. Such withheld appropriations are the only source of savings of DepEd,” he said.

Galvan said that they are working directly with DBM to fast track the release of the incentives, saying that DepEd is committed to ensure that benefits due their employees, especially their teachers, be given promptly.

Earlier, the Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC) asked government’s to release the budget for Christmas bonus of government workers including public school teachers.

“One day before the Noche Buena, (the) Productivity Enhancement incentive (Christmas Bonus) for government employees have not been released to teachers” TDC national chair, Benjo Basas said.

Basas stressed that majority of the teachers across the nation are still waiting to receive the said bonus.

Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya, earlier said the 1.1 million national government employees will start receiving the bonus starting the second week of December.

A minimum of P7,000 will be provided by the national government while another P3,000 may be given to employees, with the funds to be sourced from agency savings.

Earlier, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) also asked Malacanang to ensure that public school teachers will receive the maximum amount of P10,000 Christmas Bonus or the additional cash gift as announced by the DBM.

Antonio Tinio, ACT national chair, made the appeal after noting that due to the sheer number of public school teachers and employees under the DepEd, the agency never has enough savings to cover the full amount required for the additional bonus.

DepEd employs over 500,000 public school teachers and approximately 40,000 non-teaching personnel. (PNA)

LOR/HCT

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