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[Press Release] Matapos mahawaan ang 11 Guro sa Ilagan City, TDC nais ilinaw ang trabaho ng mga guro sa DEPED

#HumanRights #Teachers #COVID19ph [Press Release] Matapos mahawaan ang 11 Guro sa Ilagan City, TDC nais ilinaw ang trabaho ng mga guro sa DEPED

Benjo Basas, National Chairperson, Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC). File Photo by Arnel Tuazon

“Ano ang tulong na maaasahan ng labing-isang guro sa Ilagan City na nahawaan ng COVID-19?” Ito ang tanong ni Benjo Basas, Tagapangulo ng Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) kasunod ng mga ulat na may labing-isang guro mula sa Ilagan City, Isabela ang nagpositibo sa COVID-19 matapos umano silang mamamahgi ng modules sa kanilang mga mag-aaral.

“Ito po ang paulit-ulit naming sinasabi noon pa, sana matiyak ng DepEd na mabantayan ang kausugan at kaligtasan ng mga guro, kawani at mga magulang at mag-aaral sa pagsisimula ng school year na ito. Bago pa man magbukas ang klase ay napakarami nang guro ang nahawaan at marami sa mga ito ay nakuha nila dahil sa kanilang mga gawaing may kinalaman sa kanilang trabaho,” dagdag pa ni Basas.

Ayon sa grupo ay hindi umano nakapaghanda ang DepEd sapagkat hindi naging malinaw ang mga paraan kung paano makaiwas sa hawaan ang mga guro, “Ngayong nangyari ito, sino ang mananagot? Sino ang nag-utos sa mga guro na magpunta sa mga komunidad? At sino ang gagastos para sa kanilang pagpapagamot?” Tanong ni Basas. Dagdag pa niya, “Kung tutuusin ay hindi trabaho ng mga guro ang mag-print, mag-sort at mag-distribute ng modules na ito. Sapagkat maliban sa naglaan ng 9 bilyong badyet ay paulit-ulit na sinasabi ng DepEd na nakahanda umano sila, pero ang mga guro pala ang ipapain nila sa virus.”

Samantala, nauna nang sinabi ng DepEd na wala umano itong inilaang badyet para sa pagpapagamot sa mga guro kung sakaling mahawaan sila ng COVID-19.

“Malinaw ang sinasabi ng Magna Carta for Public School Teachers na dapat ay alagaan ng gobyerno ang kalusugan ng mga guro. Dapat bigyan ng libreng medical check-up taun-taon at ipagamot ang mga guro sakaling magkaroon ng sakit, may pandemya man o wala dahil ang batas ay 1966 pa ginawa,” paliwanag ni Basas.

Ayon sa TDC, mas kailangan umano ng mga guro ngayon na mabigyan ng katiyakan sa pangangalang medikal dahil na rin sa pagbubukas ng klase kasabay ng pandemya. Kaya muling nanawagan ang TDC sa DepEd na istriktong ipatupad ang mga helath protocol at ang mismong kautusan nito hinggil naman sa alternative work arrangement o AWA sa ilalim ng DepEd Order No. 11, s. 2020.

“Sabin ng DepEd mismo ay work-from-home ang default work arrangement ng mga guro, eh bakit parang hindi ganun ang nangyayari sa field? Bakit parang mas marami pa rin ang pinapapasok sa kani-kanilang mga paaralan at pinagagawa ng mga gawaing puwede namang gawin sa bahay. O kaya’y pinagagawa ng mga trabahong hindi naman dapat sa kanila,” ayon muli kay Basas.

Hiniling ng TDC sa DepEd na ilinaw ang kanyang mga patakaran at sabihin kung ang reproduction, sorting at distribution ba ng modules ay dapat lamang na mga guro pa rin ang gagawa.

“Ano yung sinasabing tagumpay ang pagbubukas ng klase? Nasaan na yung ipinagmamalaki ng DepEd na kahandaan? Hindi ba’t ayon sa DepEd ay handa sila kahit noong Agosto 24 pa? Bakit hanggang ngayon ay araw-araw pa ring pinapupunta ang mga guro sa paaralan para mag-ayos ng modules?” Pagtatapos ni Basas.

Ayon sa TDC dapat umanong maging bukas ang DepEd sa pakikipag-usap sa mga guro kasabay na maging makatothanan ang mga ipinalalabas nilang impormasyon sa madla.

Para sa detalye:
Benjo Basas, 09273356375

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[Press Release] Teachers’ groups slam Malacañang for insisting K-12 -TDC

Teachers’ groups slam Malacañang for insisting K-12

The newly-formed education sector party, Ating Guro slams Malacañang today for deliberate disregard of the basic requirements for a successful implementation of the K-12 program, Aquino administration’s flagship program for education sector.

Prof. Rene C. Romero, a retired professor of Philippine Normal University (PNU) who is also the honorary president of Ating Guro criticized the K-12 program which according to him “is not the proper response” if the government is sincere enough in addressing the initial issues of high drop-out rate and the deteriorating quality of education especially in public schools.

Romero who spent four decades teaching at the country’s premiere teacher-training institution believes that “the perennial shortages in classrooms, teachers, books and other facilities should be addressed first by providing budgetary support of at least 50% of the current budget.”

Arsenio Jallorina, the party’s chairman says the implementation of K-12 for this year is haphazard.

“Based on our consultation in the field, even some of the field officials of the department are not convinced or at least do not have enough knowledge of the program. How could this project be successful if the implementers themselves do not support it?” Asks Jallorina.

Jallorina furthered “This program is set to change the decades-old system of public education and we should not do it abruptly. The system should be prepared so as not to sacrifice the welfare of teachers.”

Jallorina also expresses doubt over the reported result of SWS survey conducted last March that says 65% of respondents approve the K-12 program. “We are also doing our own survey and it reveals that most of the direct stakeholders- the teachers, parents and students are not convinced with this ambitious program.”

Ildefonso Enguerra, TDC-NCR Chair and teacher from Roxas High School in Manila echoed the sentiments of the group. He agreed that the DepEd is not prepared to launch the K-12 program and it was revealed during the opening of classes. He particularly cited report of DepEd that says that the book to student ratio for this school year has reached 1:1 level.

Enguerra says that “there are books that released to students and teachers but those books do not fit the desired learning competencies under the curriculum.” Other subjects like Filipino has no textbooks at all and the module or instructional materials for Grades 1 and 7 provided by the DepEd are for the 1st two quarters only.”

The groups again appeal to Malacañang to consider postponement of the program and initiate a wide consultation that would include the stakeholders or elevate the matter to a national debate. #
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For details:
Arsie Jallorina: 0915-4874506
Nono Enguera: 0915-3785069

Teachers’ Dignity Coalition
“Unity of Teachers to Regain the Dignity of Teaching Profession”
SEC Registration Number: CN 2007-10645
117-C Matatag St., Bgy. Central, Quezon City
Hotline: (02)3853437 • Telefax (02)4350036 • Mobile: 0920-5740241/ 0920-4142614
Email: teachersdignity@yahoo.com.ph • Website: http://www.teachersdignity.com

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June 19, 2012

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[Press Release] Government’s K-12 program gets a “B” from teachers -TDC

GOVERNMENT’S K-12 PROGRAM GETS A “B” FROM TEACHERS

Using K-12 program’s grading system as standard, the Tecahers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) gives the government a “B” for its performance showed during the first week of the school year, which is also the pilot year of the K-12 program. Based on the grading system for K-12 which is contained in DepEd Order No. 31, s. 2012, “B” stands for “Beginning” which has a numeric equivalent of 74% and below. Other marks are D for Developing; AP for Approaching Proficiency; P for Proficient; and A for Advanced.

The TDC based its rating on the problems surfaced during the first week of classes which include the shortages in teachers, seats, classrooms, toilets and other facilities. The group also pointed out that instructional materials for K-12 curriculum which will be in taught in Grade 1 and Grade 7 (first year junior high school) are not readily available. And the worst, according to TDC is the government’s disregard to the welfare of teachers when the it hired the kinder teachers in contractual terms and will be paid P3000 monthly for the special job.

The group again asked Malacañang to consider postponement of the program and call for a wider dialogue, information dissemination or even national debate. The group instead, challenged President Aquino to put necessary funds to resolve the shortages in school inputs, most of them are actually backlogs of the past administrations.

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June 8, 2012
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GOBYERNO, BIGO SA UNANG LINGO NG K-12
Sa unang linggo pa lang ng klase, bistado na, bigo ang pamahalaan at ang Department of Education (DepEd) sa ipinipilit nilang ipatupad na ambisyosong prgramang K-12.

Nakita natin ang mga binabahang paaralan; mga kulang na classroom; mga batang siksikan sa iisang silid; mga batang nagkaklase sa covered court, ilalim ng puno at entablado; mga teacher na sobra-sobra ang trabaho; mga kinder teacher na tatlong libong piso lamang ang suweldo; mga kinder classes na walang silid at guro; mga Grade 1 at Grade 7 teachers na hindi sapat ang training at materyales sa pagtuturo; mga magulang na hindi alam ang mga pagbabagong nangyayari sa sistema ng paaralanat kung anu-ano pang problemang hindi madaling makita at intindihin. Ang mga ito ang dahilan kung bakit mababa ang kalidad nge dukasyon sa Pilipinas- hindi dahil sampung taon lamang ito. At kung ipipilit natin ang pandaigdigang batayan sa haba ng pag-aaral, dapat din nating tuparin ang pandaigdigang batayan sa paglalaan ng gugulin- 6% ng ating GNP ang dapat ibigay sa sektor ng edukasyon.

Muli, ang lahat ng mga tunay at pangunahing pangangailangan ay dapat tugunan bago tayo magplano ng isang malakihang programa at bagong patakaran. Bandang huli, ang sinasabing solusyon ay magiging konsumisyon.

Ang mga guro ay handang magsakripisyo. Handa kaming tumulong. Sana man lang ay huwag ihuli sa prayoridad at sa anumang programa sa edukasyon ang kapakanan ng mga guro at ang kalidad ng aming pagtuturo.

Pangulong Aquino at Kalihim Luistro, ito ang aming hamon.
Reference: Benjo Basas, Chairperson- 02-3853437/ 09205740241

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[In the news] Parents group in San Luis, Pampanga opposes K 12 implementation | Sun.Star

Parents group in San Luis, Pampanga opposes K 12 implementation | Sun.Star.

By Herbert P. Mapiles
May 25, 2012

SAN LUIS — A group of parents here has expressed disagreement with the impending implementation of the K+12 basic education curriculum (BEC) by the Department of Education (DepEd) in June.

The group said the additional two years in high school and another year for kindergarten, as prerequisite before entering elementary education, would mean extra burden for every poor families in the localities.

“Pinaunlad na lamang sana nila ang paraan ng pagtuturo. Sana ay dinagdagan ang bilang ng classrooms para mabawasan ang bilang ng mga estudyante sa bawat klase,” said Teresita Viray, a mother of an incoming Grade 1 pupil.

She said the competitiveness of Filipino graduates could not be measured on the number of years they spend in school.

Reporma sa sistema ng edukasyon ang kailangan natin at hindi na dapat pahabain pa ang taon ng pagaaral. Matatalino tayong mga Pilipino [pero] may mali lang sa sistema natin,” Viray added.

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[In the news] DepEd: Classroom shortage hounds 10 towns in Negros Oriental | Sun.Star

DepEd: Classroom shortage hounds 10 towns in Negros Oriental | Sun.Star.

By Victor L. Camion
May 22, 2012

THE Department of Education (DepEd) in Negros Oriental confirmed that there are classrooms shortages in the ten towns of the province following the 6.9-magnitude earthquake last February 6 this year.

School division superintendent Dr. Marilyn Andales told Sun.Star that some school buildings in eight towns in the first congressional district and two towns in second district will no longer be used.

Andales said at least 57 school buildings were totally damaged and another 63 school buildings with 303 classrooms need repair, she said.

In Matauta Elementary School, all three school buildings with nine classrooms can no longer be used, said head teacher Ronito

Quiñones.

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[In the news] Teachers, classrooms lack to meet new school year -Cebu Daily News

Teachers, classrooms lack to meet new school year.

Cebu Daily News
May 20, 2012

The Department of Education in Mandaue City needs more classrooms and additional teachers for school year 2012-2013.

Aside from the anticipated transfer of students from private schools to public schools due to rising tuition, the Department of Education (DepEd) city division also prepares for the full implementation of DepEd’s K to 12 this coming June.

Benjamin Tiongzon, the administrator of DepEd in Mandaue City said their division office is expecting a five percent increase in the number of students in the elementary level and a three percent increase in the number of students in the high school level this coming June.

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[Press Release] Teachers call DEPED attention on delayed clothing allowance -TDC

Teachers call DEPED attention on delayed clothing allowance

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) called the attention of the Department of Education (DepEd) following reports on the delay of the teachers’ clothing and uniform allowance this year. According to the group, teachers from all over the country are complaining about the said delay.
Benjo Basas, a Caloocan City teacher and the group’s chairperson said that their Facebook page and email are bombarded by reports from teachers in the provinces and even from Metro Manila.

Basas said that in some divisions or cities some schools have already received the allowance while others have not like in Caloocan, and Quezon City. Still, some schools have released the full amount of P5000 while others have only released P4000.

Clothing and uniform allowance (C/UA) is an annual incentive for all the civilian government employees in the amount of P4000, but this year the amount was increased to P5000 and was given an allocation under the general appropriations act.
The DepEd earlier clarified that there could possibly be two releases, one for P4000 and another for the remaining P1000 since they are coming from different sources.

“We are aware that due to some technicalities and the bureaucratic process, the release of these kinds of allowance may suffer delays” Basas said.

“However, we want to call the attention of the DepEd on the reports that some school officials are asking clearance requirement from teachers before the release of their allowance which actually theirs.”
The group reiterated that there is no requirement needed for the release of clothing and uniform allowance as long as the teacher is qualified under the DBM Budget Circular 2012-1 released last February 23 and effective immediately.
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Reference: Benjo Basas, Chairperson, 0920-5740241/ 3853437

Teachers’ Dignity Coalition
“Unity of Teachers to Regain the Dignity of Teaching Profession”
SEC Registration Number: CN 2007-10645
117-C Matatag St., Bgy. Central, Quezon City
Hotline: (02)3853437 • Telefax (02)4350036 • Mobile: 0920-5740241/ 0920-4142614
Email: teachersdignity@yahoo.com.ph • Website: http://www.teachersdignity.com

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April 17, 2012

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[In the news] Department of Education to monitor schools over graduation fee | Sun.Star

Department of Education to monitor schools over graduation fee | Sun.Star.

March 24, 2012

THE Department of Education (DepEd) is set to monitor all state-owned primary and secondary schools to ensure none of the schools will collect graduation fees from their students and parents this March.

In the DepEd’s recent order, Secretary Armin Luistro said this is in response to the suggestion of various groups to strictly implement the department’s order prohibiting the collection of any fees during graduation days.

Luistro was referring to Akap Bata party-list, which recently launched their “Gradfee Monitor 2012”, a program specifically aims to discourage collection or requiring graduating students to pay graduation fee first as one of the prerequisites for graduation.

Read full article @ http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2012/03/24/education-office-monitor-schools-over-grad-fee-213003

[Press Release] TDC reminds schools on graduation rites

TDC reminds schools on graduation rites

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) calls on schools to abide by the DepEd rules on graduation rites after several reports that some schools are imposing the collection of graduation and other fees from their students reached its office.

According to Benjo Basas, the group’s national chairman, his organization agrees with the department in regulating such fees especially if it is imposed by the school authorities.
“Graduation, while calls for a celebration for most of the students and parents should not be extravagant and burdensome.” Basas said.

Basas said that many of public school students belong to the poor families who may not afford the fees. However, he recognizes the festive mode of some families who wishes the graduation day of their children to be special. “Some parents would be very happy for their children who accomplished secondary education especially those who may not well-prepared for tertiary schooling, thus they may want to see their kids wearing toga. In that case, we understand that if the parents would want to contribute or donate any acceptable and affordable amount for the graduation ceremonies then it would be all right as long as it is compliant of the rules set by the DepEd.” Basas explained. “But it should be an initiative from the parents of the graduating class or the PTA.” He added.

Aside from the graduation-related contributions, the TDC also received reports on other contributions being collected by some schools as clearance. The group said that according to a report from Mindanao, a particular school is asking a total of P1, 390.00 from their graduating students, the amount varies in other places. The group however noted that in most cases, the contributions are initiated by the parents themselves. In some areas like in Parañaque and Caloocan, chairs, sound system and togas are subsidized by the LGU.

“Parents donations can be considered a type of public-private partnership or community counterpart, an idea espoused by the DepEd, just like in the case of Brigada Eskwela, but contributions should always be reasonable and can never be mandatory.” Basas ended. #

NEWS RELEASE
March 9, 2012
Reference: Benjo Basas, Chairperson, 0920-5740241/ 3853437

[Press Release] Family of murdered teacher cries justice, offers p100,00 reward -TDC

The family of Loida Pagatpat, a 59-year old teacher from Palanas, Masbate who was gunned down on February 3 inside her classroom is seeking justice for their mother. According to her son, Norman Pagatpat, they don’t want other people to suffer the same fate that is why they really want a closure to the case and an eventual end of violence in their province.

“Namatay ang mama ko nang walang kalaban-laban at ayaw na naming na maulit pa ito. Marami nang pinatay sa probinsiya ng Masbate na hindi naresolba ang kaso. Ganito kabulok ang sistema ng hustisya sa probinsiyang ito. ” Pagatpat said

The family is calling on the police and DepEd authorities to assist them in seeking justice for their dear mother, who according to them was good and loyal teacher and a very loving mother.

“Ang kanyang pagkamatay ay isang sampal na kahihiyan sa departamento ng edukasyon. Ayaw nang pumasok ang kanyang mga mag-aaral dahil sa takot sa naganp na pangyayari.” He furthered.

Also, the family offered a P100, 000.00 reward to anyone who could identify their mother’s killers.

“Ganito kami kaseryoso na matapos ang kasong ito. Kahit hindi kami mayaman nakahanda kaming magbigay ng pabuya sa sinumang makapagtutro sa mga pumaslang sa aming ina.” Pagatpat ended.

Meanwhile, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) again called on the authorities to ensure the safety of school personnel and students in areas like Masbate which has a history of armed conflict and lawless violence.

“The family of teacher Loida, her pupils, the community and the entire education sector deserve justice because this crime is not just a crime against an individual teacher; this is an attack against the entire profession.” Basas reiterates.

The group is monitoring the case through close coordination with the family of the slain teacher. #
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Reference:
Benjo Basas, 0920-5740241/ 3853437
Norman Pagatpat, 0949-4766727/ 0928-9494118

[Press Release] Mga titser nagpasalamat sa dagdag na clothing allowance -TDC

Pinuri ng Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) and Department of Education (DepEd) at Department of Budget and Management (DBM) matapos na ihayag ng dalawang ahensiya na madaragdagan ang kanilang taunang clothing allowance. Mula sa halagang P4000 mula noong mga nakalipas na taon, ito ay magiging P5000 na simula sa taong ito.

Ayon kay Emmalyn Policarpio, guro sa Gen. T. De Leon Elementary School sa Valenzuela City at siya ring tagapagsalita ng grupo, bagamat maliit lamang ang idinagdag na halagang P1000 ay malaking tulong na rin ito sa kanilang mga guro.

“Batid natin ang pangangailangan ng mga guro na laging maging kaaya-aya at maayos lalo na sa paningin ng mga mag-aaral, kaya naman napakahalaga sa amin ang maayos na pananamit.” Pahayag ni Policarpio. Ayon pa sa kanya, “Bagamat maliit ang dagdag na ito, ipinagpapasalamat pa rin namang sapagkat nauunawaan ng ating kagawaran ang aming pangangailangan. Sapagkat lalo lamang kaming mahihirapan kung sa aming napakaliit na sahod pa kukunin ang pambili ng aming uniporme at iba pang kasuotan.”

Ayon naman kay Paul Garcia, chief budget officer ng DepEd NCR ay inilaan ng DBM ang dagdag na budget sa clothing allowance at ito ay itinadhanang RA 10155 o General Appropriations Act of 2012 na nilagdaan ng Pangulong Aquino noong Disyembre 15 ng nakalipas na tao. Ang karagdagang allowance ay bilang tugon na rin sa kahilingan ng iba’t ibang grupo ng mga guro at kawani noon pang mga nakalipas ng taon.

Muli namang inihirit ng TDC ang pag-apela sa iba pang mga non-wage benefits kagaya ng tax break, pabahay, kalusugan, rice allowance, scholarship at iba pang mga insentibo para sa mga pampublikong guro.

“Ang paglalaan ng mga insentibo sa aming mga guro ay bilang pagpapahalaga ng pamahalaan sa edukasyon. Sapagkat kung ang ating mga guro ay masaya at sila ay magiging inspirado sa kanilang pagtuturo at natitiyak naming magiging mabuti ang resulta nito sa kalidad ng edukasyon at sa kinabukasan ng ating bayan.” Pagtatapos ni Policarpio.

Ang mga kahilingang ito ng mga guro ay dati nang naihatag sa dalawang kapulungan ng kamara at maging sa Malakanyang. #

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Para sa iba pang detalye at panayam:
Emmalyn B. Policarpio, Tagapagsalita, 0939-7798649

General Provisions, Republic Act 10155 (General Appropriations Act for 2012)
Enacted on December 15, 2011

Sec. 40. Uniform or Clothing Allowance. The appropriations provided for each department, bureau, office or agency may be used for uniform or clothing allowance of employees at not more than Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000) each per annum, subject to the rules and regulations issued by the DBM. In case of deficiency, or in the absence of appropriation for the purpose, the requirements shall be charged against available savings of the agency.

Teachers’ Dignity Coalition
“Unity of Teachers to Regain the Dignity of Teaching Profession”
SEC Registration Number: CN 2007-10645
117-C Matatag St., Bgy. Central, Quezon City
Hotline: (02)3853437 • Telefax (02)4350036 • Mobile: 0920-5740241/ 0920-4142614
Email: teachersdignity@yahoo.com.ph • Website: http://www.teachersdignity.com

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February 9, 2012

[Press Release] Caloocan City to subsidize teachers’ medical check-up -TDC

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.#
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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.

Teachers’ Dignity Coalition
“Unity of Teachers to Regain the Dignity of Teaching Profession”
SEC Registration Number: CN 2007-10645
117-C Matatag St., Bgy. Central, Quezon City
Hotline: (02)3853437 • Telefax (02)4350036 • Mobile: 0920-5740241/ 0920-4142614
Email: teachersdignity@yahoo.com.ph • Website: http://www.teachersdignity.com

NEWS RELEASE
February 9, 2012