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Gov’t workers get bonuses

By: Melinda Malipot

As government employees receive bonuses starting today, public school teachers lamented that theirs will probably end up as payment for their debts.

“The amount, in part or in full will just end-up in debt payments,” National Chairman Benjo Basas of the 30,000-member Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), said.

Incentives expected by public school teachers and other employees are the Year-End Bonus (YEB) which is equivalent to one month’s salary to be given starting Nov. 15, a cash gift of P5,000 to be given along with the bonus, and the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) amounting to P5,000 to be given not earlier than Dec. 15.

Basas said the Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) for school year 2016-2017, which is funded under Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, is expected to be released between August and October 2017; this year it would amount to 50 percent, 57.5 percent, and 65 percent of the basic salaries of government employees.

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