Deped guarantees financial aid for storm-hit teachers, personnel
EDUCATION Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones confirmed on Tuesday that teachers and school employees severely affected by the series of super typhoons will be provided with financial assistance.
“I have directed all field offices, through their respective regional directors, to submit lists of teachers and personnel who were severely affected by the recent typhoons and flooding,” Magtolis Briones said in a statement.
The education secretary affirmed that officials and staff from the Department of Education (Deped) Central Office, regional offices and division offices made voluntary donations for typhoon victims in Bicol region, Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Cagayan Valley.
“We are also committed to expedite the process of benefits for our staff, and will facilitate smoother coordination with corresponding agencies,” she stated.
Magtol is Br iones said the Deped is making headway in helping its personnel obtain calamity loans being offered by the Government Service Insurance System, or GSIS, and other private lending institutions.
According to her, the department will provide “provident- fund emergency loans to...teaching and nonteaching personnel who were affected by the typhoons.”
She said the Deped will also release the year - end bonus,
equivalent to one- month salary and cash gift worth P5,000 for its personnel.
“In addition, funds have been downloaded to provide hygiene kits, as well as conduct cleanup drives and psychosocial first aid to affected schools,” the secretary explained. “We also engaged our external partners to deliver donations directly to schools.”
On Monday, Education Undersecretary for Finance Annalyn Sevilla revealed the department will release additional funding for the reproduction or replacement of damaged self- learning modules.