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Solon bats for a monthly supply budget for teachers for P2k.

Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Z. Duterte of the First Congressional District has proposed giving public school teachers a tax-exempt PHP2,000 monthly stipend to offset the cost of supplies and materials.

“Once full face-to-face classrooms are adopted, public school teachers will have to deal with even higher costs to fulfill their obligations. Our plan would aid in resolving these fiscal issues, Duterte stated in a statement on Tuesday.

In order to formalize the PHP2,000 “Teaching Supplies Allowance,” which will cover public school teachers in the basic education sector, Duterte and Benguet Rep. Eric Yap filed House Bill No. 3543.

The two senators said in a joint statement that “teachers serve as the nation’s modern-day heroes—tirelessly giving at par education to the children and hone them to become valuable members of the community.”

According to Duterte and Yap, their proposed PHP2,000 cash stipend accounts for growing commodity prices, including those of teaching aids and other complementary supplies. The grant “must be exempt from income tax,” according to the measure.

According to the proposal, the cash allowance can be used to buy instructional materials and supplies for different learning delivery methods “during the school year,” including both “tangible” and “intangible” resources.

The lawmakers contended that while teaching is a profession that forms the basis for all others, the pay that educators, particularly those working in public schools, get does not match the sacrifices they make to help mold the nation’s kids.

They claimed that the costs for supplies and materials, which public school instructors usually spend their own money on, add to the demands of teaching.

The Department of Education’s (DepEd) Secretary is required by the bill to “perform a periodic review of the teaching supplies allowance, taking into consideration the current prices of teaching supplies and materials, and, if merited, recommend the necessary increase in the amount of the allowance.”

Currently, the allocation of the cash allowance, formerly known as the “chalk allowance,” to supplement the teaching expenditures of public school teachers is made based on the conditions outlined in the national budget.

The cash allowance was PHP3,500 each academic year under the 2020 General Appropriations Act (GAA). The GAAs for the fiscal years 2021 and 2022 later upped this to PHP 5,000 per year.


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