Manila, Philippines – Education Secretary Armin Luistro has been urged to provide a yearly P5,000 clothing allowance for more than 500,000 public school teachers and non-teaching personnel.
Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio appealed to the Department of Education (DepEd) to earmark at least P500 million to grant a P1,000 increase in the clothing allowance of public school teachers and non-teaching personnel.
“We would like Secretary Luistro’s clear and categorical commitment that public school teachers and non-teaching personnel will receive the full amount of P5,000 as their clothing allowance this year, in accordance with the 2012 General Appropriations Act,” Tinio said.
He cited that under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2012 or Republic Act (RA) No. 10155, government agencies are mandated to use their budget to provide their employees with a “uniform or clothing allowance” of not more than P5,000 each per annum.
Government employees, including public school teachers teachers, are entitled to clothing allowance, which is usually released in the first quarter of the year.
Tinio said the P1,000 increase in the clothing allowance is “much needed, given the general increase in the cost of goods and services in the past few years.”
“We are confident that Secretary Luistro and his team can come up with the necessary funds from their appropriations as well as from savings. Our teachers and non-teaching personnel deserve a higher clothing allowance no less than the employees in other government agencies,” he said. (Charissa M. Luci)
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