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

Marje Pelayo   •   December 11, 2018   •   35915

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)

1,114 schools nominated for pilot implementation of face-to-face classes in January — DepEd

Marje Pelayo   •   December 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Regional Directors of the Department of Education (DepEd) nominated a total of 1,114 school candidates for the pilot implementation of the face-to-face classes in January 2021.

Most of them are in Regions 4A and 8 which passed the conditions set by DepEd like location and if the schools have management plans for students, teachers as well as available facilities.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones said they are not expecting all 1,114 schools to qualify as they will still be evaluated.

“The other regions nagba-vary pero ang (vary but the) final listing will be very much lesser than the 1,114 considering na may ibang factor tayong tinitingnan, ikino-consider (that we are also looking into other factors),” the Secretary said.

Meanwhile, schools in Davao Region, Cotabato and the National Capital Region are not included in the list of potential venues for the dry run.

DepEd NCR Director Malcolm Garma said the NCR remains under general community quarantine (GCQ) though they are still hoping for the situation to improve soon.

Tignan po natin pagdating po ng Enero kung ano po ang magiging estado ng National Capital Region pagdating po sa community quarantine level (Let’s see what the status of the NCR will be come January when it comes to community quarantine level),” he said.

“Maaari pong doon natin ibabatay kung handa na po ang NCR para lumahok sa gagawing pilot limited face to face (We will see then if the NCR is ready to take part of the limited face-to-face classes),” he added.

DepEd also clarified that though face-to-face classes will be implemented, it will not be mandatory for all students given the limited room capacity of 15 to 20 persons.

“Hindi po full class size at hindi rin po full week schedule ang mga bata, kundi combine pa rin po ito sa distance learning (It will not be a full class size nor a full week schedule for the children. It will still be combined with distance learning),” said DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan.  —MNP (with reports from Dante Amento)

Duterte approves pilot testing of face-to-face classes

Marje Pelayo   •   December 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte approved the proposal of the Department of Education (DepEd) to conduct a pilot testing of face-to-face classes.

DepEd plans to do a dry run of it in areas with low risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission preferably in January 2021.

The president agreed on the proposal following grant of emergency use authorization on various COVID-19 vaccines in other major countries around the world.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the decision transpired during the President’s meeting with his Cabinet members on Monday evening (December 14). The pilot implementation will be held in selected schools in low risk areas.

Roque said the agency shall coordinate with the COVID-19 National Task Force (NTF) for the monitoring of the conduct of the pilot implementation.

He added that the pilot implementation shall be done under strict health and safety measures with commitment for shared responsibility from DepEd, the local government units and parents.

Roque stressed, however, that this will be voluntary among parents and learners thus a parent’s permit must be submitted for the student to participate in face-to-face classes. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Last day of classes in public schools for 2020 is Dec. 12 – DepEd

Marje Pelayo   •   December 8, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that the last day of classes in public schools for the first quarter of schoolyear 2020-2021 will be on December 12.

In a Facebook post, DepEd said the holiday break for kindergarten to grade 12 students nationwide will be from December 19, 2020 to January 3, 2021.

Classes are expected to resume on January 4, 2021.

Teachers, meanwhile, are set to have their In-Service Training (INSET) week from December 14 to 19, 2020.

The schedule is based on DepEd Order No. 30. Series of 2020 signed by Education Secretary Leonor Briones on October 2020.

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