MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education on Tuesday called on
public school teachers to report on the receipt or non-receipt of their
P10,000 Christmas bonus, as it assured them the department was
“exhausting all means” to have the money in their hands by Thursday.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the DepEd released on
December 15 the amount of P5.2 billion for the bonuses of close to
500,000 teachers nationwide.
Of the amount, P3.5 billion came from the Department of Budget and
Management to cover P7,000 of the bonus, while P1.7 billion came from
DepEd savings for the rest or P3,000.
The DepEd said the funds were released to regional offices, except Region II, as of December 16.
“This was the first time we were able to release the whole amount to
our employees in one tranche. In previous years, they would receive the
P7,000 from the national government and the P3,000 would come later,”
Teachers’ groups reported that only teachers from Manila had
received their bonuses. But Luistro, who earlier said the bonuses may
come before the New Year, promised they would be released before
“Our officials and personnel in the field are finding ways to make it happen,” Luistro said.
He said DepEd officials were “closely monitoring” the transfer of
cash at the division level but called on the teachers to provide
feedback on their receipt of the bonuses. They may send questions and
reports to the DepEd action center by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or
through text at 0919-4560027.
Source: Inquirer.net, Tarra Quismundo, 12-21-2010