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Teachers' incentives for out-of-town jobs pushed

SORSOGON CITY—Congresswoman Evelina “Nanay Evie” Escudero introduced House Bill No. 1588 or the “Public School Teachers’ Incentive Bill” which seeks to provide an additional allowance for public school teachers assigned to teaching jobs outside their respective towns or provinces.

The proposed act mandates that teachers who are assigned to another town within the same province shall receive an incentive of P2000 monthly additional to their salary and benefits under the Salary Standardization Law.

Meanwhile, those assigned to another province other than his own shall receive an additional P4000.

The incentive allowance received under the provisions of this Bill is tax-free.

Escudero, chairman of Committee in Basic Education, said the bill aims to alleviate the plight of those “of out of station teachers.”

Even with the passage of Localization Law of 1996, thousands of teachers are still assigned very far from their towns and/or provinces. As a result, aside from transport burden, it entails additional expenses on the part of the teachers and invariably affect the quality of education.

Further, Nanay Evie criticized other government officials for threatening teachers when they turn to streets to air their grievances.

“Public school teachers occupy a socio-historical role and are looked up as the source of enlightenment. However, they are collectively misunderstood, neglected, and even disregarded. When they air their grievances on the streets and seek support for their demands, they are vilified, threatened and mishandled by some officials whose fundamental concern includes the interest of the public school teachers,” she said.

Nanay Evie proposes that the bill must apply to any public school teacher who is officially transferred from his original assignment in accordance with lawful orders of his/her superiors.

However, when the teacher returns back to teach in his/her hometown, the benefit under the Bill shall cease.

Also, public school teachers who are assigned to a different town or province in the event of a national disaster or national emergency are not included in availing the incentive.


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