Fact check: Is there a ‘DepEd anniv bonus’ for teachers on Nov. 15?

Fact check: Is there a ‘DepEd anniv bonus’ for teachers on Nov. 15?

- An article circulated online after claiming that public school teachers would be given “DepEd anniv bonus”

- The post claimed that it will start from November 15 this year

- However, the claim was reported to be misleading

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An article has been circulating online, claiming that public school teachers will be receiving a “DepEd anniversary bonus” on November 15 of “every year.”

However, KAMI learned that this claim has been debunked.

Fact check: Is there a ‘DepEd anniv bonus’ for teachers on Nov. 15?

In a report by Rappler, the online article claimed that the alleged 14th-month pay would be one full month salary; a cash gift would be P5,000; a DepEd anniversary bonus would be P3,000.

“In the spirit of the upcoming Christmas season, government workers nationwide will receive their 14th-month-pay (Christmas bonus) and cash gift starting tomorrow, November 15. The year-end bonus is equivalent to a full month’s salary, while the cash-gift amounts to 5,000 pesos,” it read.

You may read the entire article here.

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However, the Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla has clarified the issue.

The public school teachers will not be given an anniversary bonus because it is given every 5 years and the last time it was given was in 2018.

“It is given only in milestone years – every 5 years. So next anniv bonus will be on 2023,” Sevilla said.

She also clarified that the website “DepEd Click” was not affiliated with DepEd.

“What is confirmed to be paid on or after November 15 is the year-end bonus (equivalent to one month salary) and P5,000 cash gift. PEI in the amount of P5,000 is to be given not earlier than December 15 of each year, per DBM Circular 2017-4 and EO 201, s. 2016,” Sevilla said.

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According to the GMA News Online, the DepEd said that the public school teachers can expect a salary increase, However, they are also expected to improve the quality of education in the country.

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