DepEd: Teachers set to receive ₱3,500 cash allowance in June

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 1)⁠— The Department of Education on Monday said public school teachers are expected to receive a cash allowance amounting to ₱3,500 this June, as schools prepare for the resumption of classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a virtual press briefing, Education Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla said the department is eyeing to release the allowance by the second week of the month.

"Meron pong cash allowance ang mga teachers [teachers have a pending cash allowance]. This is an additional benefit. It's budgeted. It's ready for release. We are just waiting for the guidelines on the use of the cash allowance," the DepEd official said.

Sevilla said the one-time cash allowance can be used for "any expense related to teaching."

The DepEd earlier released the calendar for the next school year, with classes slated to begin on August 24 and expected to end in April 2021.

The proposed reopening of school was criticized by netizens and lawmakers. Some have voiced concerns on the possible health risks of allowing face-to-face classes, while others cited the challenge to the education system in adopting a virtual classroom set-up due to internet connectivity issues.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones earlier said the resumption of classes does not require full physical attendance of students. She earlier stressed that online and blended learning are still viable options.

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