DepEd orders early release of public school teachers' allowance for next school year

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18) – Public school teachers are entitled to receive early their ₱5,000 cash allowance for the upcoming School Year 2021-2022.

The Education Department, in a memorandum dated June 15 but announced on Thursday, ordered the early distribution of public school teachers' allowance for the next school year.

The memorandum mandates the agency's regional offices to process the funds for release to schools division offices "as soon as possible."

The ₱5,000 cash allowance for public school teachers are meant for the purchase of teaching supplies and materials, annual medical examination expenses, and costs incurred in the use of blended modes of learning such as internet connection fees.

DepEd approved the early release of teaching allowance funds despite the pending approval of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on the final School Year 2021-2022 calendar.

Under the joint circular issued by DepEd and the Department of Budget and Management, public school teachers who are not entitled to the ₱5,000 cash allowance are:

- those with no teaching load and performing non-teaching functions during the current School Year 2020-2021

- those who are on absence without leave, indefinite leave of absence, maternity leave, or study leave within the current school year

- those who are guilty of any work-related offense and committed such penalty during the school year

- those who are no longer in teaching service as of the official start of the present school year

The ₱5,000 cash allowance for the upcoming school year increased from the ₱3,500 grant given to teachers last year, when Philippine schools shifted to blended learning modes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.