By J. Jala | 08:56 PM November 09, 2020
If enacted, the grant of the increased cash allowance would “cover teachers who are engaged in teaching public basic education, consistent with the learning modalities recognized by the Department of Education.”

Senators passed on third and final reading on Monday a bill that would institutionalize the staggered increase of teaching supplies allowance of public school teachers to up to P10,000 in the next four years.

With 22 affirmative votes and no negative votes, senators approved Senate Bill No. 1094 during the plenary session.

Starting 2021, public school teachers will receive an additional ₱5,000 for their teaching allowance, and this will take effect until 2023.

By the start of school year 2023-2024, these teachers will get ₱7,500 allowance. For the next school year 2024-2025, their allowance will reach ₱10,000.

The measure states that funds for the public school teachers’ allowances will be placed in the budget of the Department of Education (DepEd).

For the current school year, the allowance to be given to each public school teacher is P3,500.

Under the bill, teaching supplies allowance will be increased to P5,000 per teacher for the school year 2021-2022; P7,500 for school years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024; and P10,000 for the school year 2024-2025.

The education secretary is mandated under the bill to conduct a periodic review of the teaching supplies allowance “taking into account the current prices of teaching supplies and materials, and, if warranted, recommend the necessary increase in the amount of the allowance.”

This staggered increase of the teaching allowance was previously agreed upon by senators so that the state’s coffers could “bear” the additional cost.

The teaching allowance would be exempted from income tax, according to the measure.

Public school teachers are currently receiving ₱3,500 allowance for their teaching supplies for the school year 2021-2022.

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