The group argued that it is mandated under the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers (RA 4670), a 1966 vintage law. “It is clear that medical examination for public school teachers should be done annually, it is compulsory, however, the same provision of the law also says that it should be free and in fact, the law mandates that the government should pay for teachers’ hospitalization and treatment if found necessary,” Basas said.
Basas cited some field officials requiring the submission of medical certificate by the end of the school year but said that expenses for such will be shouldered by the teachers. According to him, it runs contrary to Section 22 of the Magna Carta which says, “Medical Examination and Treatment. The 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 shows that medical treatment and/or hospitalization is necessary, the same shall be provided free by the government entity paying the salary of the teachers.”
Last year in a press release from DepEd, it declared that the government has provided an amount of P500.00 for a medical examination for each public school teacher for the fiscal year 2019. The said fund, however, was not released to teachers and they paid their annual medical examination. “That was supposedly the first time that the entire teaching force of DepEd will benefit from this specific provision of the law, after 53 years, but it never happened,” Basas exclaimed.
The amount of medical examination expenses varies depending on the teachers’ location, it ranges from P400 to P1500.
Benjo Basas, National Chairperson
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