The House panel supports DepEd to give financial aid to displaced private school teachers under the proposed extension of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act or Bayanihan 2.
During a virtual hearing, the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture, chaired by Pasig City lone district Rep. Roman Romulo, and House Committee on Metro Manila Development, chaired by Manila 1st district Rep. Manuel Luis “Manny” Lopez jointly approved the motion made by ACT Teachers partylist Rep. France Castro urging the two panels to fully support the initiative of DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones.
Rep. Castro said that the grant of assistance to the teachers in small and medium private schools affected by the COVID-19 pandemic has been delayed.
“Para hindi lang DepEd, at Executive branch ang mag-push nito together with us, that a legislation will be pushed to expedite the grant of assistance to our private school teachers,” Castro said.
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DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan also said Secretary Briones has been pushing for the grant of financial assistance to private school teachers.
Romulo said during the House leadership’s meeting with the DepEd Family on Tuesday, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano asked DepEd to submit the data on the displaced private school teachers for inclusion in the proposed extension of Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
Usec. Malaluan said they cannot give yet validated data on the number of private school teachers who were displaced.
According to him, there are 260,000 private school teachers in the country, but not all of them were displaced, based on the initial data they gathered.
“Ang aming nakuha na estimate sa isang group ng federation ng small private schools (The estimate we got from one group of federation of small private schools), about 119,000 [were displaced] and they are committed to provide the specifics and submit to validation mechanism,” he said.
House panel supports DepEd to give financial aid to displaced private school teachers
Source: Manila Bulletin
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