Whatever job we do, we do it with utmost sincerity and dedication, no matter how small or little the compensation. The money we receive for working hard is nothing compared to the happiness we feel after we see the results of our efforts. ~ Manuel Dimaya Cabigas Jr.
The RPMS or Result Based Management System of the Department of Education in Malaybalay that supports the Vision, Mission, and Values of the Agency as it continuously endeavors to evolve as a learner-centered public institution—is an intervention that will help ensure the strategic, responsive, and effective delivery of Human Resources Management and Development ( HRMD ) services at all levels of DepEd, so that it can effectively implement a learner centered, School-based Management System anchored on the K12 strategies to improve the quality of public schools.
Since the Implementation of the K12 in the Philippines 3 years ago, there have been thousands of questions that bother the mind of the teachers, the students, parents and all other individuals. Questions like: Will it be effective? Will it succeed? Are the skills the students will learn after graduating in senior high school be enough for them to be able to land into a job? Are the teachers ready for some drastic changes?
Parents and students have not yet fully understood the entirety of the curriculum and they have not yet fully accepted it. There are still those who are doubtful whether the program will become more effective than the past curriculum. Even some teachers have uncertainties.
Of all the above mentioned problems, the most disturbing issue that teachers face is the problem on instructional materials together with methods and strategies that they need to employ in order to make the teaching-learning process become effective. Perhaps, the department is not yet ready to implement the new curriculum, but this is what we call trial and error. We can only learn whether something works or not; after trying it. Therefore, we have to accept it, whether we like it or not. I am not saying that it is good to do an experiment, even if the future of thousands of students are at stake. Lack of books, inadequate number of skilled teachers, classroom and other school facilities—these problems beset every teacher in the Philippines, especially those who teach in remote areas in the country.
After attending the seminar on how to create the RPMS, the teachers have become more aware of their roles, their duties and responsibilities as educators. Since the RPMS will be a basis for the Performance Based Bonus or (PBB), creating it is very crucial. Here the teachers have to write their objectives for each of the Key Result Areas namely: teaching learning process, student outcomes, community involvement, and professional growth. It also contains the time-line when the objectives are to be achieved and the Performance Indicator which will be the basis for the rater for evaluating their performance at the end of the school year.
After the seminar, the teachers began filling up their individual performance commitment and review forms, and submitted them to their superiors. Then, the teachers started to create instructional devices. They design the classrooms; restructured the bulletin board and applied the necessary decorations. They conduct regular home-visits to speak with parents of students. They also attend seminars and training which they refused to attend before. In short, they have become more serious in their job. Every teacher knows that if he/she performs well, they will receive a higher PBB. Hence, the Performance Based Bonus becomes a motivation for every teacher to work harder.
While it is true that a higher salary or bonus serves as motivation, teachers should not forget that they have sworn to fulfill their duties to their students, the school and the community. They should do it to the best of their ability, in a heartfelt and most genuine way, even if they have nothing to expect in return.
As a teacher, I am not motivated by any material things but appreciation and approval are enough to make me perform well in my chosen profession. I have been teaching for seven years now and I have already accepted the fact that teachers in the Philippines receive a very nominal wage. I have not learned this while I was having my baccalaureate study. Eventually; after so many years, I have begun to acknowledge that it is my fate to work hard and receive minimal income.
Nevertheless, I know that when I work hard and do the duties and responsibilities I have sworn to, I will be able to achieve success. That success relies on how much I have shared with my students and have done for the school and the community. People always compliment me for job well done, and they admire me for the things I have done—they praise me for being good at the works I have accomplished. These things are more than enough to be proud of for myself.
When my superior comes to me and asks me to do things, I accept the work without hesitation for I believe that he entrusts them to me because he considers my skills and talents. He will not give me a bonus or additional compensation but the words “THANK YOU” are enough to melt my heart.
When I enter the classroom, I make sure that I have made the necessary preparation to provide to my students needs. I may spend very much for the instructional materials and visual aids, but in the end, I am happiest if I found that my students learned much from the lessons.
The community always asks my help in preparation of programs and activities especially during town festivals. I don’t receive pay or a talent fee for hosting the programs; contest and competitions, beauty pageants, and the like, but I am very willing to offer myself. The people’s admiration and applause is much of a thing to be thankful for. I feel elated every time they clap for me, they cheer and idolize me.