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We are teachers, not slaves, we hope the DepEd will grow a conscience – Teachers’ Group

We are teachers, not slaves, we hope the DepEd will grow a conscience – Teachers’ Group

The guidelines released by the Department of Education (DepEd) on the computation of proportional vacation pay (PVP) for the school year (SY) 2021-2022 confirmed that the agency “owes” teachers additional compensation for their extended work. 

“The DepEd PVP computation confirms that they consider June 24 as the teachers’ last day of work, and teachers should have been officially on break starting June 25, 2022,” said Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines Chairperson Vladimer Quetua. 

 ACT reiterated its call for additional compensation for work rendered beyond June 24, 2022 after DepEd released the memo. 

 “Our teachers have always heeded the call of duty, in return, the DepEd should do its duty of properly compensating services actually rendered,” Quetua said. 

“We are teachers, not slaves, we hope the DepEd will grow a conscience,” he added. 

 Quetua cited that Section 14 of the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers stated that public school teachers should be granted additional compensation of their daily rate plus a 25 percent premium for services rendered outside of regular duties and work schedules.

“If funds are not available, service credits of 1.25 days per one day of extra work should be given in lieu of monetary compensation,” Quetua said. “However, DepEd did not grant any for the excess workdays that teachers were made to work last school year,” he added.

ACT said that teachers were not able to get the rest that they needed before SY 2022-2023 opened on Aug. 22.

“We have already rendered the services, the least the agency can do is to pay up,” Quetua said.

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