Recto seeks to raise teachers’ chalk allowance to P10k

Marje Pelayo   •   July 12, 2019   •   1389

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Ralph Recto believes the current amount of P3,500 that teachers receive as chalk allowance is not enough for their needs inside the classroom.

Thus, Recto filed a bill seeking to raise such monthly allocation to P10,000.

“Chalk allowance” is a popular term for monetary assistance the teachers receive at the opening of the school year to purchase items needed for instructions such as chalk, pens, paper and other school supplies.

“Chalk allowance is to teachers as what bullets are to soldiers. And those waging the war against illiteracy need more of this ammunition,” Recto said.

The Department of Education (DepEd) allotted a budget of P2.9 billion for this year’s chalk allowance for public school teachers.

Recto’s proposed measure will require an additional P5.4 billion from the government.

If approved, Recto said, teachers would no longer use their own salary to buy supplies for their teaching and they would have enough to comply with the mountains of reports they need to submit.

Holiday break starts December 15 – DepEd

Marje Pelayo   •   October 15, 2019

Elementary students walk to their classrooms at the Corazon Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City, Philippines, 03 June 2019. Some 27 million students, 23 million of whom attend public schools, began a new school year in various cities and provinces of the Philippines. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced the start of the holiday break for kindergarten pupils up to grade 12 students in public schools which will be on December 15.

The calendar for school year 2019-2020 set the start of the holiday break on Dec. 15 and the Department added that the resumption of classes after the holidays will be on January 6, 2020 based on the school calendar 2019-2020 under DepEd Order 007, series of 2019.

DepEd’s school calendar applies to public elementary and high school students.

As for private schools, it would be up to the discretion of the school administrators to decide as they have their own school calendars.

According to the order, the end of the academic year 2019-2020 remains on April 3, 2020.

Public school teachers to get incentive on World Teachers’ Day

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 4, 2019

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

Angara wants probe into failed construction of 47,000 DepEd classrooms

Marje Pelayo   •   August 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sonny Angara wants an investigation on the school rooms that the Department of Education (DepEd) planned to construct in 2018.

In its 2018 annual audit report, the Commission on Audit (COA) said the DepEd was supposed to construct 47,000 new classrooms, however, only 11 were completed.

“That’s not even one percent of the target,” the senator said.

Angara, who chairs the Senate Committee on Finance, also wants to probe into the P27-M worth of undelivered textbooks supposedly for DepEd’s K-12 program.

The DepEd, meanwhile, said they are now distributing all instructional materials stored in five of their warehoused in Taguig City which cost the government P113-M.

“Regarding the large number of learning materials procured, they already allocated the materials and there is already an approved activity request (AR) and is in the process of releasing the buffer materials to the lower units,” the DepEd said in a statement.

The Department assured that they will revisit the agency’s existing guidelines on the procurement of instructional materials and will conduct an evaluation on its buffer stocks.

“The Department is already working with its internal and regional units to comply with the audit recommendations,” DepEd’s official statement read.

“Some of the findings are due to late updating of consolidated reports and reconciliation of voluminous records with implementing units,” it added. – MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)

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