Increase of teachers allowance from Php 3,500 to Php 5,000
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed General Appropriations Act (GAA) for 2021 last Monday. Included in the GAA is the budget allocation for DepEd to increase the teaching supplies and communication allowances of teachers from Php 3,500 to Php 5,000.
DepEd said that the increase will assist public school teachers and learners amidst the pandemic.
The provision of additional allowances for teachers starting next year was in line with Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones’ request to the lawmakers and Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to finance the stakeholders’ needs for the continuity of distance learning.
“We would like to thank the President, our senators and representatives for backing our request to increase teachers’ allowance. This is timely support for the education sector and to our teachers in these difficult times,” Secretary Briones said.
“With this positive development, we believe that our lawmakers will continue to support our initiatives for the welfare of our teachers and learners and the improvement of education in the country,” Sec. Briones added.
President Duterte commended DepEd for its continuous efforts to implement the blended distance learning modality during this challenging time.
“I commend the invaluable efforts of the DepEd in fulfilling its mandate amidst the current public health emergency by continually providing quality education to our learners through alternative learning modules and modalities. I admire our teachers, coordinators, and facilitators in their relentless efforts and sacrifices to adjust to the new learning set-up,” Duterte said.