Teachers should received cash assistance also – DepEd
The Department of Education (DepEd) urged the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to give cash assistance also to private school teachers.
Different sectors of society are greatly affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to the COVID-19 crisis. Following this, the government has provided cash assistance to the poor and informal workers through the social amelioration program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
In line with this, the education department is also asking IATF to give necessary cash aid to private school teachers. Based on the report from Pang-Masa, DepEd Spokesperson Usec. Annalyn Sevilla said that Secretary Leonor Briones already made an appeal to IATF to include teachers to the beneficiaries of the cash assistance from the government.
Additionally, Briones will bring this matter to the Congress in order to address the problem of private school teachers under the Bayanihan To Hea As One Act.
Reportedly, the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (Cocopea) has already stated that almost 500,000 private school employees are earning less than the minimum wage or they are not totally earning due to the “no work, no pay” policy, based on the report.
Classes were suspended this March as the enhanced community quarantine was implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the education department previously stated that the 13th month pay of public school teachers will be released in May. Usec. Sevilla said that teachers have already received their salary for the month of March and April, including their clothing allowance worth P6,000.
Aside from this, the department is also working on the performance-based bonus and this was already given to some regions.
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