Teachers get Christmas bonuses early, for once


Education Secretary Armin Luistro

It’s a Christmas miracle.

Teachers in several parts of the country have received their P10,000 cash gift from the government well before Christmas, unlike in other years when they had to wait well into the new year before seeing a centavo.

As of Thursday afternoon, monitoring by the Department of Education (DepEd) showed that 100 percent of teachers in the Ilocos, Cagayan and Central Visayas had received their productivity enhancement incentive (PEI).

In the Bicol region, some 95 percent of teachers had received the bonus while in Metro Manila, some 90 percent had gotten theirs.

The Teachers Dignity Coalition, which pushed for the early distribution of the bonus, said this year saw the earliest release in at least a decade.

TDC chairman Benjo Basas said coalition members from around the country reported receiving their PEI as early as last week.

“This year it was really earlier. In 2009, it was February when the teachers got their full bonuses,” Basas said.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the DepEd worked to release the bonus as soon as the Department of Budget and Management approved the disbursement of funds.

“We had our implementing units prepare the required documents so that when the funds were available, we could fast-track the payments to our teachers and personnel,” said Luistro.

Payouts will continue in the rest of the regions before Christmas, the DepEd vowed. The school holiday break begins on December 21.

The DepEd said the funds for teachers in Southern Tagalog and Regions VIII, XI and XII were expected to be released Friday or early next week.

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  • denky31

    Aquino, the filipino people is proud of you. You are undoubtedly the bright hope of our  country.

  • Fabelous2

    The AFP and PNP are getting part of their modernization program going.  The national budget was signed on time and not delayed intentionally so the old budget can be used to line up their pockets as was the practice during GMA reign, Demonstrators are able to protest along Mendiola street, People are now mandated to appear before congressional committees to explain illegal activities in the past, bonuses are given on time and lastly – 2 years into his presidency, there is no news of Pnoy involved in scandalous money theft or reported to have engineered a scam involving people’s money?

    And Renato Corona accusing Benigno Aquino of being a dictator?  Ano sinusuirti siya?

  • eagleclaw101

    How come the government is instituting this PEI or Productivity
    Enhancement Initiative for our nation’s Teachers before receiving their
    Christmas miracle… while excluding Senators and Congressmen from undergoing
    productivity enhancement outputs.    

  • jikanhinia123

    PRESIDENT AQUINO, this reform that you instituted in the education department confirms that matuwid na daan administrative agenda is fully equipped with a well-oiled machinery to undertake and implement their mandates.

    Instituting reforms in he government is not easy as eating pie. It is akin to a house repair that it is more costly and time consuming than structuring a new one. Nonetheless, your tack is on he right track, my appreciation and prayer for your success.

  • Usa Cal

    To all the teachers, thank you.  Now is the time for the Secretary and DepEd to work for all of you and your students.  Education is one of the pillars we need for our aspirations as a country strong, vibrant, and progressive. You deserve all the bonuses in the world.  Merry Christmas!!

  • Nagagalitna

    Mabuhay ang Pilipinas sa bagong hangarin sa tuwid na daan. Pwede naman pala talaga pag gustuhin eh. I’m proud of you P-Noy we will pray and support you para sa tuwid na daan.

    Kahit sinong humarang na basura para sa ikabuti ng bayan walisin mo pa supportado po kayo ng mga matuwid na Pilipino.
    God Bless the Philippines!

  • JJF724

    Let’s all support PNOY sa kanyang malinis na hangarin!!!  Yong mga suporter nang corruption…  magbalik loob na kayo and join us this Christmas and let’s all work together to goal of Matuwid na Daan…  common… don’w waste anymore of your time

  • http://twitter.com/bigg_dawg big dawg

    kc nung panahon ni GMA, pinagiinteresan ang pera, i mean pina iinteres pa and pera. ngayon, Pinoy knows to give it to whom it belongs. 

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