DepEd to raise teachers’ ‘chalk allowance’ to P5,000 in 2019

Marje Pelayo   •   December 11, 2018   •   34812

PASIG CITY, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) is pushing for additional chalk allowance for public school teachers in 2019.

At present, public school teachers are receiving only P3,500 for chalk allowance annually.

When it was first implemented in 2015, the initial P1,000 chalk allowance was later raised to P1,500.

In 2017, through the national budget, it was raised to P2,500.

This year, an additional P1,000 pesos was added making it to a total of P3,500.

The said allowance covers teachers’ expenses for classroom supplies such as chalk, pens, erasers, and paper among others.

Deliberations on the DepEd proposed budget will push through on Tuesday (December 11) which will specifically discuss cash allowances and benefits of teachers across the country.

“The increase will be for next year. In fact, there will be more in 2019 but we do not want to announce hangga’t hindi po nagiging batas iyong budget for 2019,” said Education Undersecretary Anne Sevilla.

Apart from this, Sevilla said they will try to ask approval for some financial benefits that may be given to teaching and non-teaching staff in all schools while still waiting for salary increase.

“The Secretary and the whole department has worked hard na madagdagan hindi lamag ang chalk allowance kundi iba pang benepisyo na nakalagay naman sa Magna Carta ng Teachers and employees,” she added.

Sevilla assured that DepEd offices across the country have already processed the anniversary bonus of teachers which should have been received by them even before the month of December.

‘We will ensure na lahat po ay makakatanggap po ng year-end bonus. All the employess of Deped Should have the anniversary bonus,’ Sevilla concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

DepEd calls for teacher-broadcasters for blended learning

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 17, 2020

The Department of Education (Deped) is encouraging teachers to apply as teacher-broadcasters for the department’s blended learning strategy.

Deped Usec. Alain Pascua said interested teachers to read the memo in DepEd workplace and submit a 5-minute demo video before July 24.

IKAW BA ANG SUSUNOD NA DEPED TEACHER-BROADCASTER?Mag-register gamit ang inyong DepEd Email sa bit.ly/depedtbaf at…

Posted by Alain Pascua on Thursday, July 16, 2020

DepEd had earlier assured that there is sufficient budget for the implementation of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) this upcoming school year. AAC

DepEd denies report obliging teachers to sign waiver for ‘physical reporting’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) advised against reports that some teachers are being asked to sign a waiver to physically report to school or DepEd offices. 

The Department stressed that physical reporting is not mandatory under DepEd Order No. 11 Series of 2020. 

“Ang mga waiver na nag-a-authorize sa DepEd personnel at mga guro na pumasok ay walang legal effect,” the advisory read.

[Waivers that authorize DepEd personnel and teachers to report physically have no legal effect.]

The DepEd explained physical reporting is only necessary if the teacher’s specific function or task cannot be accomplished through alternative and remote work arrangements.

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DepEd eyes hiring para-teachers to aid parents in ‘new normal’ classes

Marje Pelayo   •   June 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) is considering hiring teaching assistants or para-teachers to help parents who are not capable of monitoring and guiding their children in the new normal set up this coming school year.

Para-teachers will facilitate lessons of students outside the classroom as well as provide administrative support to the Department. 

However, the DepEd said the plan is still under discussion with regard to its implementation and how it will be of help in the current situation of learners. 

Specifically, DepEd is looking at the number of students who need the assistance of para-teachers. 

Una po ide-determine namin kung ilang bata ang walang paggabay o hindi kayang gabayan ng kanilang mga magulang at ilan naman ang avilable na parateachers sa isang barangay,” noted DepEd Undersecretary Revsee Escobedo said. 

(We have to determine first the number of students whose parents are unable to guide them and the number of available parateachers in each barangay.)

Kung mas marami ang supply ng parateachers sa isang barangay pwede namin i-strategize kung papaano ang pagpunta sa bahay-bahay ng mga parateachers,” he added.

(If a barangay has many para-teachers available, we can strategize as to how they will be able to conduct house to house visits.)

If the plan pushes through, DepEd will hire unemployed education graduates to serve as para-teachers. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

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