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Conditional Veto in the Grant of Allowance and Benefits of Teachers and Creation of Teaching Positions




President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed several provisions in the FY 2019 General Appropriations Act. Part of which is the Conditional Implementation re Compliance with the Requirements of Existing Laws, Policies, and Rules and Regulations. Among the provisions he subjected to conditional implementation is the allowance and benefits of teachers and the creation of teaching positions.

Allowance and Benefits of Teachers and Creation of Teaching Positions

  • DepEd-OSEC, Special Provision No. 10, “Medical Examination for Public School Teachers”
  • DepEd-OSEC, Special Provision No. 11, “Transportation and Teaching Aid Allowance for ALS Mobile Teachers, District ALS Coordinators (DALSCS) and Literacy Volunters”
  • DepEd-OSEC, Special Provision No. 7, “Special Hardship Allowance of Public School Teachers”
  • DepEd-OSEC, Special Provision No. 13, “Creation of Teaching Positions, Recruitment and Appointment of Teachers”
  • Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund, Special Provision No. 3, “Implementation of National Budget Circular (NBC) No. 461”

The provisions of the 2019 National Budget (DepEd related veto) shall be subject to the implementing guidelines to be issued by DepEd.

The challenge is now upon President Duterte to ensure that the GAA provision for teachers’ benefits be properly and promptly implemented, which is frankly the least he can do for us as we wait for him to deliver on his promise to increase our salaries.




Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte’s DepEd Related Veto Messages in the 2019 National Budget

III. CONDITIONAL IMPLEMENTATION

In order to faithfully execute the provisions of this Act pursuant to my avowed Constitutional mandate, I subject the implementation of the following provisions to certain conditions specified herein to ensure conformity with existing laws, policies, and rules and regulations.

A. COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF EXISTING LAWS, POLICIES, AND RULES AND REGULATIONS




(1) Allowance and Benefits of Teachers and Creation of Teaching Positions

I share the noble intention of the Congress to provide additional allowances and benefits to our public school teachers. It is understood, however, that the implementation of Department of Education (DepEd)-OSEC, Special Provision No. 10, “Medical Examination for Public School Teachers,” Volume 1-A, page 193, shall be subject to RA No. 11223 (Universal Health Care Act) and its implementing rules and regulations.

Likewise, DepEd-OSEC, Special Provision No. 11, “Transportation and Teaching Aid Allowance for ALS Mobile Teachers, District ALS coordinators (DALSCS) and Literacy Volunteers,” Volume 1-A, page 193, shall be implemented subject to the rules on the grant of special hardship allowance and cash allowance, and the proscription against double compensation.

Let me also recognize and appreciate the sacrifices of our teachers in their daily struggle to reach remote communities to provide education. This leads to a realization that teaching is not a mere profession or work, but is a commitment. Accordingly, the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers entitles teachers exposed to hardship to Special Hardship Allowances. In this regard, the implementation of DepEd-OSEC, Special Provision No. 7, “Special Hardship Allowance,” Volume l-A, page 193, shall be subject to guidelines issued jointly by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the DepEd.




On the other hand, the creation of teaching positions under DepEd-OSEC, Special Provision No. 13, “Creation of Teaching Positions, Recruitment and Appointment of Teachers,” Volume 1-A, page 193, shall be subject to the approval of the DBM consistent with its mandate to ensure organizational effectiveness and to administer the compensation and position classification system.

Moreover, the implementation of Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund, Special Provision No. 3 “Implementation of National Budget Circular (NBC) No. 461,” Volume 1-B, page 899, shall be subject to the guidelines to be issued jointly by the DBM and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Hereunder Is the Complete Version of the President’s Veto Message

1 thought on “Conditional Veto in the Grant of Allowance and Benefits of Teachers and Creation of Teaching Positions”

  1. I hope the President would mandate a Health Insurance (HRMO) for the teachers and her family…

    So that if we are in health issues, we won’t worry for money anymore…

    We will just go directly to hospital and swipe our insurance card.

    Just praying for this

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