DepEd Statement on Calls to Fully Implement the Six-hour Workday

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As a response to the concerns pertaining to the working hours of public school teachers, the Department of Education (DepEd) clarified that teachers are not exempted from the eight-hour workday in government, as resolved in the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Resolution No. 080096 issued in 2008. Under the CSC Resolution, teachers are required to render six hours of actual classroom teaching per day within the school premises, while the remaining two hours may be utilized to doing teaching-related tasks outside the school premises. Due to the continuing clamor to strictly…

Makabayan Seek Inquiry Into DepEd Policies on Promotion

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ACT Teachers Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro have sought an investigation into the policies of the Department of Education (DepEd) on the promotion of teaching personnel. In filing House Resolution 2061, the progressive lawmakers noted that the system of promotion is “one of the long-standing demands of public school teachers.” They also urged the House leadership to take up the issue”to ensure the professionalization of teachers and the quality of education.” Teachers’ career advancement, they added, is “hindered by the sluggish processing of promotion in DepEd, the imposition of…

BIR: 5% Tax on Teachers’ Allowances for the Barangay Elections

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has stood firm in its decision to impose the 5 percent withholding tax on the honoraria and transportation allowances that public school teachers will get for doing service in the coming barangay elections. A revenue legal official who declined to be named said the collection of the tax is mandatory under Sections 2.78 and 2.78.3 of Revenue Regulations No. 98. She said, however, the take will be returned if the teacher’s annual total compensation does not exceed his tax exemption of P250,000 as prescribed…

Teachers’ Rep. Wants End to Teachers’ Accountability Clearances

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The Department of Education (DepEd) should end its practice of requiring public school teachers to accomplish so-called accountability clearances at the end of every school year, a party-list lawmaker demanded on Wednesday. According to ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro, the practice runs contrary to existing DepEd rules and regulations. “Requiring accountability clearances from teachers has been a long practice in public schools despite existing rules that mandate such clearances in certain cases only. Hence, our strong demand is for the immediate stoppage of the unlawful practice,” Castro said in a statement. The lawmaker also…

DepEd Hiring 75,242 Public School Teachers for SY 2018 – 2019

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The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved the creation of 75,242 teaching positions for kindergarten/ elementary, junior high school (JHS), and senior high school (SHS) for SY 2018-2019. This is in line with the request made by the Department of Education (DepEd) in order to address the inadequate number of teaching personnel in public schools nationwide. The funding requirements to cover salaries and other forms of compensation for the new positions shall be charged against the FY 2018 Built-in Appropriations (New School Personnel Positions). Notably, only filled positions…

Statement of DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno on the issue of increasing the salaries of Teachers

Statement of DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno on the issue of increasing the salaries of Teachers

Members of the media, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. As you know, I called this press conference to shed more light on the issue of increasing the salaries of public school teachers. Let me state categorically that I am not opposed to increasing the salaries of our teachers. However, I cautioned against the doubling of their salaries. This, after all, was not the President’s directive. He said to look into increasing the salaries of teachers, not doubling them. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has already clarified this issue. I understand the crucial…

Gov’t Teachers Say Bonuses Will Go Mostly To Pay Debts | #BuhayGuro

Gov’t Teachers Say Bonuses Will Go Mostly To Pay Debts

As government employees receive bonuses starting today, public school teachers lamented that theirs will probably end up as payment for their debts. “The amount, in part or in full will just end-up in debt payments,” National Chairman BenjoBasasof the 30,000-member Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), said. Incentives expected by public school teachers and other employees are the Year-End Bonus (YEB) which is equivalent to one month’s salary to be given starting November 15, a cash gift of P5,000 to be given along with the bonus, and the Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI)…

Pay Hike No Cure-all, Teachers told | Briones on Pay Hike

Pay Hike No Cure-all, Teachers told

Freeing the country’s teachers from the debt trap doesn’t rely solely on increasing their salaries, according to Education Secretary Leonor Briones. In a recent interview with reporters, Briones said while she didn’t oppose raising teachers’ salaries again, they should first be armed with financial literacy. “All of you feel underpaid,” said Briones, addressing herself to teachers. “Even if I have an increase in salary, I will still feel that I’m underpaid.” “That’s because your needs and wants will always exceed your resources. Having increased income is part of the solution…

DepEd Finding Ways to Help Teachers in Debt

DepEd Finding Ways to Help Teachers in Debt

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) said it is finding viable means to address the growing debt of public school teachers, which has reached a staggering P300 billion as of last year. In a statement yesterday, the agency said it is relentless in its pursuit to protect its employees and their families from financial and legal implications of non-payment of debt. It noted that around 23,000 teachers retired this year without receiving pension due to unpaid debts. Among other solutions, DepEd sees the need to curb the culture…

Teachers Response | Why Public School Teachers Tend to Overborrow

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Manila Bulletin recently posted an article on “Why Public School Teachers Tend to Overborrow” and some teachers responded with sentiments and own experiences why this culture of borrowing even started on the first place. Here is the article posted by Manila Bulletin written by Merlina Hernando-Malipot which was published last October 31, 2017. In an attempt to find out why public school teachers tend to overborrow money from various lending institutions, the Department of Education (DepEd) will look into their “spending patterns” as well as into other possible factors why their…