DepEd working to provide cash aid for private school teachers

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) said they are working to provide financial assistance to private school teachers amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Education secretary Leonor Briones assured that they are looking after the welfare of their educators, especially those from small private schools that are affected by the financial burden of the health crisis.

DepEd working to provide cash aid for private school teachers
DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said they are working at providing financial assistance to help teachers from small private schools who haven't received their salaries.
Briones shared she already consulted acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua on their proposal of providing the cash aid. He said the private school teachers can apply for the government's cash aid for workers of small to medium businesses.

"It was suggested that we can seek assistance through helping employees of small businesses," Briones said in a virtual press briefing.

"Ang sabi niya (he said), we do it the same way for other small businesses, because we are referring to small schools," she said, referring to Chua.

Briones said they will be asking the help of private schools to provide a list of teachers who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Ang focus dito (the focus here) are teachers of small schools who cannot be paid," she said.

"[Iyong] hanggang 10 months lang sila, so kapag walang klase, walang suweldo. Iyon ang gusto naming i-submit at bigyan ng assistance," Briones explained.

The education secretary had earlier urged private school officials to coordinate with DepEd and let them know what's happening in their respective school. “Now, they’re informing us about their problems and about their issues,” Briones said.

Briones added that DepEd has already proposed to include private school teachers in the list of the government's beneficiaries under the Bayanihan Law.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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