|Public secondary teachers undergo webinar training on the utilization of the e-Learning platform by the Schools Division of Marikina on July 21. 2020, at the Jesus Dela Pena National High School in Marikina City.(File photo by Inquirer/ Grig Montergrande)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] A Filipino lawmaker proposed a provision of Php 3,000 monthly allowance for teachers to aid their teaching as the country turns to online learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.
During the hybrid hearing of the House committee on appropriations on DepEd’s budget proposal for 2021, Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep. Gabriel Bordado echoed the proposal of groups of teachers in his district for the provision of a monthly allowance amounting to P3,000 to make sure that teachers can deliver their lessons on the online platform. Education Undersecretary Anne Sevilla welcomed the proposal if there is funding available.“Right now, what we have is really just the computerization program and that is capital outlay, that is provision of equipment. But for allowances, we really do not have that yet,” she added.
However, Sevilla said that a cash allowance is also provided for teachers to make sure that they can buy supplies they need in teaching. According to documents provided by the DBM, government offices in the education sector got the highest allocation at P754.4 billion which is higher than the P650.2 billion allocation for 2020. This budget covers DepEd, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and the state universities and colleges across the country.