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ASSERT calls for salary increase, scrapping of RBPMS, PBI

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has issued Executive Order 61, effectively suspending the implementation of the Results-Based Performance Management System (RBPMS) and Performance-Based Incentive (PBI) in the civil service. The President cited redundancy and duplication with existing internal and external performance audits and evaluations as the primary reasons for this suspension.

He emphasized that the RBPMS and PBI systems should be streamlined, aligned, and harmonized with ease-of-doing business initiatives.

According to the President, the government performance evaluation process and incentive system must be reformed to foster a “more responsive, efficient, agile, and competent bureaucracy.”

The RBPMS had become a significant burden not only for teachers but also for other government employees. The system’s complexity and additional workload were seen as counterproductive, thus a review and overhaul were deemed necessary.

Action and Solidarity for the Empowerment of Teachers believes that the suspension of RBPMS and PBI is a positive step. However, the teachers should still be paid their Performance-Based Bonus for the years 2022 to present.

Executive Order 61 does not address the most pressing issue teachers face: their long-overdue SALARY INCREASE. The Filipino teachers have consistently been the nation’s unsung heroes and endured numerous challenges with minimal recognition and compensation. Teachers must be properly compensated for their relentless service and hard work.

ASSERT firmly stands, that a SALARY INCREASE is essential to truly recognize the sacrifices and contributions of teachers.

ASSERT calls on the current government to prioritize and heed the call for the teachers’ salaries. This move is crucial to ensuring that teachers who play a fundamental role in shaping the nation’s future are adequately supported and valued.

We insist that improving teachers’ compensation is not only a matter of justice but also a strategic investment in the country’s educational system and overall development.