DepEd orders early release of cash allowance for public school teachers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2021   •   432

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones has ordered the early release of the P5,000 Cash Allowance (CA) to eligible public teachers.

In a Facebook post on Thursday (June 17), DepEd Undersecretary for Finance Annalyn Sevilla announced the cash allowance will be released before the opening of the School Year (SY) 2021-2022, citing the Office of the Undersecretary for Finance Memorandum 2021-0412 or the “Advisory on the Processing and Payment of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Cash Allowance to Teachers.”

According to the memorandum, DepEd Regional Offices (RO) must ensure that the allotment for the purpose shall be processed and released to Schools Division Offices (SDOs) as soon as possible.” AAC

DepEd clarifies opening of classes in September still blended learning

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday (July 19) clarified that the opening of classes on September 13 is still through blended learning.

During the virtual press briefing, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said President Rodrigo Duterte still has not approved resuming face-to-face classes amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Gusto kong mag-clarify na ang pag-approve ni President ng September 13, ang in-approve niya ay for opening of classes na blended learning pa rin,” she said.

(I want to clarify that the President approved the September 13 class opening for blended learning still)

Briones, meanwhile, said they are still proposing a pilot study for face-to-face classes in 100 schools.

Before reopening face-to-face, she said that schools should follow health and safety guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

“What we are proposing is a pilot study of 100 schools but the decision is still with the President,” she said.-AAC

School infra projects remain top priority over conversion to isolation facility — DOH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) said schools with ongoing infrastructure projects can decline requests for their establishments to be used as isolation facilities.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones has issued a memorandum providing guidelines on the use of schools as isolation areas.

The Department directed schools with ongoing infrastructure projects to politely decline requests for their schools to be used as isolation facilities.

“The pandemic did not hamper our mission to provide conducive and motivating facilities. Our infrastructure projects remain a priority to help our stakeholders, especially teachers, to have a comfortable place to work in,” she said.

However, if the school is currently being used as an isolation area and the infrastructure project is to take place, the school can still house the isolation facility. That is if the school is large enough to separate the isolation area from the construction site.

If the school has a limited area to cater to both the isolation facility and the construction of school buildings, it must coordinate with the Local Government Unit (LGU) and request for the immediate transfer of the isolation facility to a nearby school that is not a recipient of infrastructure projects.

DepEd is expecting infrastructure projects to start in the third quarter of 2021. The department said these projects need to be completed by the end of 2021 to avoid the lapsing of funds. -AAC

DepEd: Classes to open on September 13

Marje Pelayo   •   July 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Friday (July 16) that the formal opening of classes will be on September 13, 2021 as approved by President Rodrigo Duterte.

The said opening date for School Year 2021-2022 is among the recommendations of Education Secretary Leonor Briones.

The DepEd said in a statement said it will release the school calendar for the SY 2021-2022 soon.

“We hope for our stakeholders’ continued cooperation and support as we prepare for another challenging yet worthwhile endeavor of educating our children amid the global health crisis,” the statement read.





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