Beng orders continuous prompt payment of teachers’ allowance PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2015 11:51

Mayor Beng Climaco has ordered concerned departments to continuously ensure prompt payment of teachers’ allowances which is one of the City Government’s support systems to the education sector with the ultimate goal of helping improve the quality of education.

The instruction was issued even as it was determined that the delay is caused by the long intervals in the submission of the master list of recipients by the Department of Education-Division Office to the City Budget Office.

Climaco said the identification of teachers qualified to receive the P700 monthly allowance allowance is done by the Department of Education-Division Office and not by the local government. The processing of vouchers and other documents prior to payment will also depend on the prompt submission of required list of teachers and other documentary requirements.

For the record, the Division Office (DO) received Budget Circular 2015-04 dated Jan. 5, 2015 for the submission of the teachers’ master list last January 8, 2015 but it was only on June 2, 2015 or 5 months after when the City Budget Office (CBO) received the requested list for evaluation. Due to double entry of names, the list was returned to DO for correction on June 5 and on June 11, the DO resubmitted the corrected list to the CBO. The re-evaluation of the list and the subsequent preparation of the Allotment Release Order was done June 15 as June 12 was a holiday and June 13 and 14 were Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The allowance is dubbed as incentive allowance and not transportation allowance and this is not mandatory but rather discretionary on the part of the local government. It is supposedly released on a quarterly basis.

The city’s grant of allowance started way back 1995 and over the years, the amount and the number of teachers entitled to the same have been increasing. It started with P200 a month in 1995 increased to P300 in 2007, raised to P500 in 2009 and further raised to P700 starting the third quarter of 2010. Funding for the allowances is sourced through the city’s General Fund (GF) and Special Education Fund (SEF).

The number of teachers and amount allocated for the allowance over the years is as follows- 1995 – 3,000 teachers with P7.2M allocation; 1996- 3,329 teachers with P7.9M; 1997- 3,360 with P8.06M; from 1998 to 2005- 3,499 teachers with P8.39M per year; 2006- 3,816 teachers with P9.38M; from 2007 to 2008- 3,816 teachers with P13.73M; 2009- 4,276 teachers with P25.65M; 2010 – 4,276 teachers with additional 256 teachers effective July with a total of P31.86M allocation; 2011- 4,532 with additional 42 teachers effective April with a total of P38.33M; 2012- 4,574 teachers with P38.42M and from 2013 to 2015- 4,816 teachers with P40.45M allocation per year.

For 2016, the allocation remains at P40.45M for 4,816 teachers (4,627 teachers @P700/month under the GF and 189 teachers @P700/month under the SEF). The total number of teachers in the master list submitted by the DO is only 4,707 teachers with 109 teachers still available.

From 1995 to 2002, the allowance was under the item Personnel Services (PS) of the City Mayor’s Office (CMO) for the GF. Allowance under SEF was first provided in FY 1996, Supplemental Budget No. 1, also under PS only for elementary education. Beginning 2003, the allowance was chargeable under Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) both for the GF and the SEF in view of DBM LBC No. 75 dated July 12, 2002 (guidelines on PS limitation). For SEF, the limit has been set to 189 teachers (87 for elementary and 102 secondary) in view of joint circular no. 1 s. 1998 of the then DECS, DBM and DILG (rules and regulations on the utilization of SEF).

Mayor Climaco issued the instruction in the wake of complaints from some teachers regarding delays as well as queries on why they are not included in the list of recipients of allowances. She hoped that the clarification will set the record straight in the matter of granting the teachers’ incentive allowances. — Sheila Covarrubias