DEPED: NEW JC DOES NOT PRO­HIBIT LGUS FROM PRO­VID­ING TEACH­ERS AL­LOWANCE

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

HENRY P. MULI

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs) are con­stant part­ners of the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) in con­tin­u­ously im­prov­ing the wel­fare of teach­ers and en­abling them to cope with the de­mands of their pro­fes­sion. The LGUs’sup­port is in­valu­able in en­sur­ing the ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient de­liv­ery of qual­ity ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion for all.

The DepEd, the De­part­ment of Bud­get and Man­age­ment (DBM), and the De­part­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) re­cently is­sued Joint Cir­cu­lar (JC) No. 1, se­ries of 2017, on the Re­vised Guide­lines on the Use of the Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Fund (SEF). This is to up­date the guide­lines and poli­cies on the use and pur­pose of the SEF as pro­vided un­der Repub­lic Act No. 7160, oth­er­wise known as the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Code (LGC) of 1991.

Sec­tion 4 of the re­vised JC enu­mer­ates the ex­pen­di­ture items that are charge­able against the SEF. In­cluded in the list is the pay­ment of com­pen­sa­tion/ al­lowances of lo­cally-hired teach­ers in ele­men­tary and sec­ondary schools iden­ti­fied to have short­ages per the teacher de­ploy­ment anal­y­sis of DepEd. Al­though pay­ment of al­lowances of na­tion­ally-hired teach­ers is not in­cluded, LGUs are not pro­hib­ited from grant­ing such. These ad­di­tional al­lowances may be sourced from the LGUs’reg­u­lar bud­get or Gen­eral Fund, sub­ject to ex­ist­ing bud­get­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions.

The re­vised JC aims to bet­ter sup­port the sup­ple­men­tary bud­getary needs of schools and learn­ing cen­ters, given the ob­served prac­tices in the uti­liza­tion of the SEF and the cur­rent de­vel­op­ments in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the K to 12 and early child­hood care and de­vel­op­ment (ECCD) pro­grams. It also aims to en­sure a more strate­gic and ef­fi­cient uti­liza­tion of re­sources for pri­or­ity pro­grams and projects that would com­ple­ment and re­in­force the bud­get­ing pri­or­i­ties at dif­fer­ent lev­els of de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

Source: http:/ / www.deped.gov.ph/ of­fi­cial-state­ments/ deped-new-jc-does-notp r oh i bi t -l gu s-p r ovi di ng-t each er s-al l ow ance

— oOo— The au­thor is from Betis High School, Guagua, Pam­panga

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