Public school teachers to receive special allowance on World Teachers’ Day

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Loren Legarda announced that public school teachers can expect a “special allowance” on World Teachers’ Day.
Public school teachers to receive “special incentive” on World Teachers’ Day

The Senate bicameral panel has allotted as much as P800 million in the 2019 national budget, as “special allowance” or incentives to government teachers. The budget is still on top of the expected chalk allowance increase.

Senator Loren Legarda, chairwoman of the bicameral conference panel of the Upper House, made the announcement on Saturday. She added that teachers need to be rewarded and recognized for their contributions to society.

Legarda said, “We cannot overemphasize the importance of our teachers. They are our unsung heroes who dedicate their lives to mold the minds of the Filipino youth. They also do other duties for our country by assisting during the elections and aid the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in gathering data from households across the country.”

The senator said that the special allowance of P1,000 will be distributed to teachers every World Teachers’ Day (October 5) as an incentive or honorarium.

Legarda added, “We must advance the social, economic, and professional status of our teachers, who face day-to-day challenges in our education system. It is only fair that the men and women behind our successes receive the benefits and incentives they deserve.”

Legarda has been responsible for pushing the increase of teachers’ chalk allowance since 2015. From P1,000 in 2015, chalk allowance has increased to P3,500 in 2018. Lawmakers are eyeing to increase it to as much as P5,000.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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