DepEd to Release Remaining Special Hardship Allowance for Teachers 2016

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The remaining Special Hardship Allowance for Teachers 2016 will now be released. Special Hardship Allowance (SHA) refers to the allowance granted to qualified teachers under any of these situations: being assigned to a hardship post, performing multi-grade teaching, carrying out mobile teaching functions or performing functions of non-formal education (now Alternative Learning System) coordinators. The qualified teachers may either be resident or transient having regular or temporary appointment.


DepEd Press Release: 


PASIG CITY, January 18, 2017 – Teachers assigned to multigrade classes, mobile teachers, and Alternative Learning System (ALS) coordinators are set to receive their respective special hardship allowances (SHA) after Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones approved today the issuance of Sub-Allotment to Regions/Operating Units (Sub-ARO) for the downloading of additional SHA fund to cover the deficiencies in the initial release for fiscal year (FY) 2016 to the Regional Offices.

Special Hardship Allowance for TeachersThe incoming SHA covers a total of 14,896 recipient schools (for Teachers Assigned in Hardship Posts and Multigrade Classes) and 2,395 recipient school districts and community learning centers (CLCs) (for Mobile and ALS Teachers).

The Department requested the SHA, amounting to P977,405,080, from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on November 8, 2016 to cover the deficiency in compensation to teachers exposed to hardship or difficulty in the place of work, computed based on the guidelines in the DBM National Budget Circular No. 514, series of 2007.

On December 29, 2016, DBM issued and released a Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) in the mentioned amount and with specific purpose to cover the payment of the additional SHA. The regions set to receive the SHA for multigrade, mobile, and ALS teachers are Regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A, 4-B, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and National Capital Region (NCR).

DepEd is working with DBM to review and update the Special Hardship Allowance guidelines to be more responsive to the current needs of teachers assigned in hardship posts, which will be for implementation in FY 2017.


  • Department of Education

What is Special Hardship Allowance for Teachers 2016? How is it Computed?

The Department of Budget and Management released the:
Guidelines on the Grant of Special Hardship Allowance – National Budget Circular No.514.


To provide the guidelines on the grant of Special Hardship Allowance under Special Provision No. 1 of DepEd, Republic Act (RA) No. 9401 (FY 2007 General Appropriations Act) and in compliance with Item B. “Financial Assistance to Teachers”, Part III. Items for Conditional Implementations, under the President’s Veto Message on RA No. 9401.



These guidelines shall apply to the following personnel of the Department of Education:

  • Classroom teachers in elementary and secondary schools and school heads/administrators assigned to a hardship post;
  • Multi-grade teachers;
  • Mobile teachers; and
  • Non-formal Education or Alternative Learning System (ALS) Coordinators.



  • Special Hardship Allowance (SHA) – refers to the allowance granted to qualified teachers under any of the following situations:
    1. Being assigned to a hardship post;
    2. Performing multi-grade teaching;
    3. Carrying out mobile teaching functions; or
    4. Performing functions of non-formal education (now Alternative Learning System) coordinators. The qualified teachers may either be resident or transient having regular or temporary appointment.
  • Hardship Post (HP) – refers to public schools or community learning centers located in areas characterized by extraordinarily hard, uncomfortable and extreme difficulties in any of the following conditions:
  • Transport Inaccessibility
    Accessible only by hiking, animal ride, banca ride, or other unusual/irregular means of transportation, partly or wholly from the nearest point of available regular motorized land/water transport (minimum distance of 5 km)
  • Difficulty of Situation
    1. Place declared calamitous by the President based on National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) recommendation
    2. Involves hazards to life, including exposures to armed conflict, to be determined by the Schools Division Superintendent (SDS)
    3. Inconvenience of travel due to dangerous terrain, isolation and extreme weather condition to be determined by the SDS
  • Multi-grade teachers (MGT) – refer to public elementary school teachers handling a class of two or more grades.
  • Mobile teachers – refer to specialized public school teachers conducting learning sessions using the alternative learning delivery mode who usually move from one station to another in depressed, disadvantaged and underserved communities.
  • Non-formal Education or ALS Coordinators – refer to a public school teacher who is officially designated by the SDS to perform ALS program coordinating functions in addition to his, her regular duties as learning facilitator.



In consonance with the intention of Section 19 of RA No. 4670 (Magna Carta for Public School Teachers), priority in the payment of Special Hardship Allowance shall be given to classroom teachers in elementary and secondary-levels and to school heads, administrators exposed to hardship or extreme difficulty in a place of work as defined in Section 3.2 hereof.

After item 4.1 above has been complied with, only then can teachers, whether having regular or temporary appointments, handling multi-grade classes, mobile teachers, or non-formal education or ALS coordinators, be entitled to Special Hardship Allowance.

Special Hardship Allowance shall be given to teachers and school heads-administrators assigned to a hardship post provided that the total SHA shall not exceed twenty- five percent (25%) of the annual basic salary. Fraction of an hour of qualified travel and ratios of days present to total class days shall be reckoned to the nearest peso, provided that qualified travel of less than one third (1/3) of an hour or attendance ratio of less than one is to three (1:3) for the month shall not be compensated. The allowable SHA shall be computed as follows:

Special Hardship Allowance = (Basic salary x rate per distance) x number of days present in a month over number of working days in a month; wherein rate per distance is shown hereunder:

Distance* Rate per distance (% of basic salary)
5-10 km 15%
11-20 km 20%
21 km & above 25%

*Distance in kilometers of the hardship post from the nearest point of available regular motorized land/water transport



(P10,933.00 x 15%) x (17/22)

= P1,639.95 x 0.77
= P1,262.76



P10,933.00 = basic salary

15% = rate corresponding to the distance of the hardship post
17 = number of days present in a month
22 = total number of working days in a month


For multi-grade teachers, mobile teachers and non-formal education or ALS coordinators:

For multi-grade teachers, the Special Hardship Allowance shall be paid as follows:

Handling classes of 2 grades 15% of basic salary
Handling classes of 3 grades 20% of basic salary
Handling classes of 4 or more grades 25% of basic salary

The SHA shall be withdrawn as soon as the MGT transfers to a single grade class or when the multi-grade class is converted to a single grade due to increase in enrolment and the subsequent assignment of an additional teacher.


For Mobile Teachers and Non-Formal Education or ALS Coordinators:

Handling 1 learning level 15% of basic salary
Handling 2 different learning levels 20% of basic salary
Handling 3 or more learning levels 25% of basic salary

Wherein: the learning levels refer to:

  1. Basic Literacy
    b. Elementary Level
    c. Secondary Level
    d. Special Projects, i.e., income-generating projects; projects involving hearing impaired, informal education for parents or indigenous people.



The amount necessary for payment of SHA shall be sourced from the following:

  • Allotment under the regional lump-sum of DepEd specifically provided for this purpose in the annual General Appropriations Act;
  • Savings of the school/schools division office and DepEd Regional Office (RO) concerned for the current year in case of funding deficiency; and
  • Overall savings of DepEd for the current year in case of further funding deficiency.

The DBM Regional Offices shall release the funds for SHA to the DepEd RO/schools division office/school in accordance with the Direct Release of Funds System for DepEd.


  • Department of Budget and Management

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