Teachers protest DepEd’s implementation of suspended RBPMS program

By: Dianne Sampang3 hours ago

MANILA, Philippines — The Alliance of Concerned Teachers on Tuesday organized a protest to condemn the Department of Education (DepEd)’s implementation of the suspended Results-Based Performance Management System (RBPMS) that raised concerns about teachers submitting optional documents.

The implementation of RBPMS and Performance-Based Incentive (PBI) was suspended by Executive Order (EO) No. 61 issued last month. The EO aims to “streamline, modernize, improve, and simplify performance management systems and government incentives.”

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Administrative Order (AO) No. 25 (s. 2011) established RBPMS in all government agencies to administer performance monitoring, while Executive Order No. 80 (s. 2012) implemented PBI where it was intended to motivate higher performance and accountability and ensure the fulfillment of government commitments.

The group noted concerns expressed by teachers about education department orders requiring them to submit assessment forms and comply with the performance management system.

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Ruby Bernardo, president of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers – National Capital Region (ACT-NCR) union, said the directives put unfair pressure on teachers to comply with optional documents and systems.

“This is a glaring example of DepEd continuing to burden teachers with excessive responsibilities and even enforcing them to adhere to outdated performance evaluation systems, which not only violates the executive order but also causes unnecessary stress and workload,” she said.

Bernardo also noted that PBIs “fostered inequality and unhealthy competition” among senior officials and rank-and-file employees.

“Both RPMS and PBIS were implemented under the guise of efficiency, driven by foreign interests, and placed savings above the well-being of workers. The government must acknowledge these fundamental flaws and work towards the complete abolition of such exploitative frameworks to ensure fair and equitable treatment for all public sector workers,” she added.

The group also called on the Department of Education to comply with the Executive Order and implement a fair distribution of performance-based bonuses among government employees, as well as consult with stakeholders on performance evaluation and incentive systems.