Internet allowance sought for educators

Online learning has been a means to continue education in the time of a pandemic, however, the cost of internet connection adds to the burden of educators especially in the provinces. Senator Grace Poe seeks the provision of a subsidy to cover internet connection expenses.

As chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Services, Sen. Grace Poe proposed an additional subsidy for educators to cover expenses for internet connection.

Under Senate Resolution No. 456, she requested the executive department to allocate additional budget for educators’ needs in conduct of online learning.

"The government should ensure that teachers who are in charge of the noble task of shaping the minds of the next generation are given assistance and support commensurate to their vital role, “she said.

The Department of Education (DepEd) has earlier provided a Php 3,500 one-time subsidy for educators’ coming from the converted chalk allowance traditionally given.

"It is high time for the government to provide additional allowance to teachers to upgrade their digital access and technological capacity and ensure that they are well-equipped to continually assure quality education to their students in this time of pandemic," the Senator explained.

In a separate statement, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Secretary General Raymond Basilio cited that Php 30-B of the department’s maintenance and other operating expenses goes to school operations. “This means that the funding requirement for vital Internet allowance will only be 17.4% of DepEd’s total MOOE and 54% of school operations budget,” Basilio cited.

 

With such a budget, Basilio said that DepEd had the means to provide the requested Php 1,500 monthly internet subsidy which would cost DepEd Php 1.5-B a month.

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