Public school teachers to get incentive on World Teachers’ Day

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 4, 2019   •   1389

The Department of Education (Deped) will distribute a P1,000 cash incentive to public school teachers in celebration of World Teachers’ Day on October 5.

Based on Department Order No. 026 series of 2019, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) shall facilitate in the release of funds to the respective Deped Regional Offices.

It also stated that public school teachers who are on absence without leave (AWOL) as of September 30, 2019, had committed an offense from September 30, 2018 to September 30, 2019 will not receive the incentive.

Newly hired teachers after September 30, 2019 will not also be covered by the World Teachers Day Incentive Benefit (WTDIB).

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Leonor Briones expressed her gratitude to the teachers for their unwavering commitment to hone the country’s future leaders.

“We are heading closer and closer to our goal of delivering quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education,” she said in a statement.—AAC

Class suspension still falls under LGUs discretion—DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 26, 2020

The local government units (LGU) remain as the authority for announcing suspension of classes during calamities, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

DepEd Undersecretary Jess Mateo said the department did not release any guidelines in class suspension amid the distance learning under the new normal setting.

“Ang magdedeklara ng walang pasok ay ang mga local government units, (The local government units will declare class suspension),” he said.

DepEd also said classes will not be heavily affected since most classes are using modules and not online. Teachers can also extend deadlines for assignments and other school projects.

“Ang mga guro natin nagbibigay naman ng konsiderasyon kasi alam nila ang estado ng kanilang mga mag-aaral, (Teachers will provide consideration because they know they situation of the students),” Mateo said. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Schools urged to strictly enforce health protocols, alternative work set up for teachers

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday called on public school officials to strictly enforce health protocols and alternative work arrangements laid out by the Department of Education (DepEd) to protect teachers and non-teaching staff from possible coronavirus disease infection.

In a statement, Gatchalian said this is to prevent the uptick of COVID-19 cases now that teachers and other school personnel are expected to be out in the field to carry out their tasks and distribute modules to students.

The senator made the call after 10 high school teachers in Ilagan City, Isabela reportedly tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after attending a meeting.

Two students were also reported to have contracted the virus.

Ilagan City is under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until Oct. 16.

Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate committee on basic education said the incident in Ilagan City should remind public school authorities to ensure the safety of their personnel.

They should equip their personnel with back-to-school essentials such as masks, face shields, and personal protective equipment (PPE). The health care needs of teachers and staff infected with COVID-19 should also be given immediate attention.

“Ngayong nagsimula na ang klase, lalo nating dapat tutukan ang kalusugan ng bawat guro at non-teaching staff lalo na’t sila ang nagsisilbing mga frontliners sa pagpapatupad ng distance learning sa gitna ng pandemya,” Gatchalian said.

He also said that since classes are in full swing, an arrangement between DepEd and PhilHealth should already be operational to inspire and sustain the confidence in the roll-out of distance learning program.

“Kailangang siguruhin natin ang kanilang kaligtasan sa kanilang pagtatrabaho at kung sakali namang tamaan sila ng sakit, dapat matiyak natin na makatatanggap sila ng agarang tulong medikal,” he said.

DepEd Order No. 011 s. 2020 identifies alternative work arrangements such as work-from-home, skeleton workforce, four-day workweek, and staggered working hours.

In areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), schools and DepEd offices may operate at full operational capacity as may be allowed by required health standards, including physical distancing protocols.

In areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) like Metro Manila, however, personnel reporting physically for work should not exceed 50 percent.

To help with early detection of possible COVID-19 cases, DepEd’s required health standards, which are outlined in DepEd Order No. 014 s. 2020, mandate schools and offices to have a provision of referral services that will link learners, teachers, and personnel to the appropriate health facilities.

Under its required health standards, DepEd is also tasked to coordinate with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and work out a possible institutional arrangement.

Limited work force, rushed production, caused errors in broadcast materials—DepEd

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) said the errors seen in their educational broadcast was due to the department’s limited work force.

DepEd Undersecretary Alain Pascua said the department had to rush their production to reach around 130 to 220 episodes per week. Pascua lamented they don’t have enough personnel to review the modules, write the scripts, and shoot the videos.

“This is not even the last time that there will be errors, there will always be errors I will assure you, because we are not perfect. I will tell you why: we are producing 27 videos everyday; producing 130 to 220 videos every week and we have a work force of 130 to less than 200 teacher-broadcasters and we are doing this every day,” he said.

The department received backlash after a mathematical error from one of their broadcasts recently went viral on social media. DepEd, meanwhile, appeals to the public to understand the situation while they continue to improve their broadcast.

“We have been here for four or five months, we are not really journalists and broadcasters in this line of work. Our teachers are still being trained to be teacher-broadcasters. If the people, the media and the public are looking for perfect episodes, give us so much time. But we cannot do these things at this time,” he added.

However, Pasuca assured that the DepEd is gradually polishing their materials and there are already volunteers willing to help them with their production. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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