DepEd focus on non-cash benefits for teachers
The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday said it is working to improve the non-cash benefits for public school teachers.
DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa said DepEd “will continue to advocate for additional benefits for our teachers” especially in terms of non-financial benefits.
Poa said the agency is already looking at non-financial benefits for teachers.
He said that based on consultations, many educators want to have health insurance, and that they are already looking into it.
Poa said DepEd and GSIS have agreed to hold monthly meetings for updates and to know what they can still do to help teachers.
Poa said they are also working on a free legal help program for teachers to educate them about matters related to loans.
The DepEd is also trying to come up with a free annual check-up in coordination with the Department of Health, the official said.
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines recently urged the government to prioritize a salary hike for teachers this year as prices of goods continue to soar.
“The last tranche of paltry salary adjustments for government workers will be implemented this year,” ACT Philippines Chairperson Vladimer Quetua said.
“The measly salary hike installments in the past four years have failed to cushion the effects of soaring inflation, much less improve our living standards,” he also said.