TEACHERS and non-teaching personnel from the public and private schools will also be provided with financial assistance under the Bayanihan 2 or the We Recover as One Act.
This is according to Deputy Speaker and 1PACMAN Rep. Mikee Romero as he expressed gratitude to the House of Representatives for including in the Bayanihan 2 bill his proposal to give the school teachers and non-teaching personnel financial aid in this time of pandemic.
The Bayanihan 2 bill is expected to be passed on third and final reading this week and intends to allocate a total of P162 billion for COVID-19-affected sectors.
Under the measure, at least P300 million will be allocated for “subsidies and allowances of affected teaching and non-teaching personnel, including part-time faculty, in private and public elementary, secondary and tertiary education institutions, including part-time faculty in SUCs.”
As early as July, Romero was among House members who called and pushed for the inclusion of financial aid for teachers and non-teaching personnel in Bayanihan 2 when the House was still putting together the proposed second version of the social amelioration program.
The solon expressed concern for the tens of thousands of teaching and non-teaching personnel, especially from the private schools, who, have been affected by the pandemic like most workers, and have been without jobs and income as well.
Romero said private school teachers would continue to be without income until classes open in August unless postponed due to the increasing number of COVID19 cases.
On the other hand, the more than 700,000 personnel of public schools continue to receive salaries during the pandemic.
Aside from P300 million for teachers and non-teaching staff, the proposed Bayanihan 2 law appropriates P600 million for “subsidies and allowances to qualified students of public and private elementary, secondary and tertiary education institutions.”