CONGRESS has earmarked P4.9 billion in supplemental emergency funding to help the Department of Education (DepEd) as well as students and teachers cope with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis, Rep. Eduardo Gullas (Cebu, 1st district), House appropriations committee member, said.
“We’ve authorized a P4 billion lump sum to further facilitate the public school system’s shift to blended remote learning,” Gullas, an educator, said in a statement sent to SunStar Cebu on Oct. 4, 2020.
“The new money will enable the DepEd to deploy digital technologies for online learning and harness alternative methods of instruction, including the production and delivery of self-learning modules to students,” he said.
Gullas said Congress has also allotted another P600 million in “subsidies and allowances to qualified students of public and private elementary and secondary schools as well as higher education institutions.”
“We’ve also approved an extra P300 million in financial aid to displaced faculty and non-teaching staff of public and private elementary, secondary and tertiary schools, including part-time teachers in state universities and colleges,” he said.
“All these new appropriations are contained in the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act,” Gullas said.
Also, Gullas said public school teachers would receive their annual World Teachers’ Day Incentive Benefit (WTDIB) of P1,000 each on Monday, Oct. 5.
“The P920 million meant to pay for the WTDIB of our public school teachers is fully funded in this year’s General Appropriations Act,” Gullas said.
Based on existing DepEd guidelines, the benefit “shall be given to each qualified public school teacher not earlier than Oct. 5,” which is celebrated across the globe as World Teachers’ Day. (PR)