After 46 years, a provision of the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers (RA 4670) will be implemented for the first time in Caloocan City. The city’s school board decided to provide an amount to subsidize the annual medical examination of the city’s 5000 public school teachers in response to their appeal.
Section 22 of the 1966 vintage teachers’ Magna Carta provides for free annual medical check-up and treatment for public school teachers. However, according to the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), “the provision which is an obligation of the national government is often disregarded. Teachers have to shoulder the amount of yearly medical check-up, and even worse, hospitalization for certain diseases, which are most likely acquired due to the peculiarity of their work.”
Emelendo Arevalo, a teacher of Bagong Barrio National High School and the chairman of TDC’s local chapter in Caloocan City said, “While the law provides for a free, annual and compulsory medical examination for teachers, the Department of Education (DepEd) has no enough funds for this, thus making it only compulsory each year but leaving the financial burden to teachers.”
Arevalo revealed that the expenses for the said health regulation range from P200.00 to P500.00 depending on the area “and it do not include the cost of transportation which again, according to law shall be reimbursed by the government entity paying the salary of teachers.”
In many areas, the respective local government units pay for their teachers’ medical expenses but in most cases, the teachers provide for their own.
Last year the TDC Caloocan City passed a resolution urging the city government to subsidize the annual medical exam for the city’s teachers and submitted it to the local school board (LSB) and the mayor’s office.
Last month, Coun. RJ Echiverri, chair of the city council’s Education Committee and a member of the LSB proposed the initial allotment of P1, 000, 000.00 for teachers’ medical check-up and was approved by the body.
According to Echiverri, the move is the city’s support both for the national government and the city’s teachers
Aside from the medical examination, the TDC also asked the city government to provide rice subsidy, fund for teachers’ cultural activities, additional local allowance and socialized housing program among others.
“If the national government cannot immediately provide these benefits, we will turn to the local government to augment our needs.” Arevalo ended.#
Reference: Emelando Arevalo, TDC-Caloocan Chairman, 0928-2006828
Sec. 22. Medical Examination and Treatment. Compulsory medical examination shall be provided free of charge for all teachers before they take up teaching, and shall be repeated not less than once a year during the teacher’s professional life. Where medical examination show that medical treatment and/or hospitalization is necessary, same shall be provided free by the government entity paying the salary of the teachers.
In regions where there is scarcity of medical facilities, teachers may obtain elsewhere the necessary medical care with the right to be reimbursed for their traveling expenses by the government entity concerned in the first paragraph of this Section.
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February 9, 2012