Timely release of teachers’ salaries urged

March 31, 2019

THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) has asked the the Department of Education (DepEd) for the timely release of the salaries of public school teachers even if their appointment has yet to be approved by the commission.

CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala said appointees who have taken their oath of office and assumed the teaching duties  are already entitled to receive their salaries.

The clarification was made in light of the delay in the issuance of salaries of newly-hired teachers allegedly because their appointments have not yet been approved by the CSC.

“The appointment issued by the agency is enough to warrant the release of the appointee’s salaries and wages. Thus, the Commission urges the Department of Education to release their salaries immediately,” Dela Rosa-Bala said.

She cited Section 17, Rule VI of the 2017 Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resource Actions, Revised July 2018, stating: “If the appointee has taken his/her oath of office and assumed the duties of the position, he/she shall be entitled to receive his/her salary at once without waiting the approval/validation of his/her appointment by the Commission.”

The policy further states: “The appointment shall remain effective until disapproved/invalidated by the
Commission.”

The CSC said this has been the policy since 1998 when the CSC issued Memorandum Circular No. 40, s. 1998 or the Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Personnel Actions.

Similarly, Commission on Audit chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo, in a letter to the Commission dated June 21, 2017, clarified that when it comes to the disbursement of salaries, the requirement “Certified true copy of duly approved appointment” shall mean “an appointment duly approved or signed by the agency’s authorized appointing official and does not refer to the appointment signed by the CSC.”

Bala said  the Commission is one with the public school teachers in their clamor for complete and timely payment of salaries in remuneration for their service.”