Group of Teachers to DepEd: Release Guidelines On the Grant of Service Credits
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers urged the Department of Education(DepEd) to release the guidelines on the grant of service credits. This is to pay the extended work of public school teachers for School Year 2020-2021.
“Time is of the essence when it comes to salary and benefits, especially now that we are in the middle of a pandemic. We clearly remember Education Secretary Leonor Briones claiming that the release of benefits is always timely but the school year that forced us to render over two months-worth of overtime is already over, and we still haven’t gotten our overtime pay and the promised service credits; nor have they released the guidelines for these,” Raymond Basilio, the group’s secretary general, said.
In a letter address to DepEd, ACT asked an update on the status of DepEd’s promise to request funds from Department of Budget and Management to compensate the 25 percent overtime premium of public school teachers.
“Our public school teachers are tired and penniless, all for the sake of education continuity. Why is it that when it comes to teachers’ salaries and benefits, the government is always complacent? The school year may have officially ended, but our demand for a fair and sufficient compensation is not yet over,” Basilio said.
He asked the DepEd to release the guidelines on the grant of service credits immediately.
“Napakaraming pangako na rin ang napako ng DepEd. Huwag sanang patunayan ng DepEd na hanggang salita lang sila at palaging kulang na kulang sa gawa,” Basilio said.