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House panel approves P5,000 teaching supplies allowance

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The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture approves a substitute measure to increase the teaching supplies allowance to the country’s 840,000 public school teachers.

Public school teachers currently receive a P3,500 cash allowance. And making it P5,000 will be a great help for teachers who at times have to spend their personal money to buy teaching materials such as chalks, erasers, forms, and other classroom supplies.

Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo chaired the passing of the bill, which is a consolidation of 10 measures. Rep. Jose Christopher Belmonte of Quezon City 6th district moved the approval of the prosed Teaching Supplies Allowance Act of 2020. Party-list Rep. Sarah Jane Elago seconded the motion.

Ilocos Norte 2nd district Rep. Angelo Marcos Barba proposed that the allowance should be made available for not permanent teachers, substitutes, and student teachers. DepEd Secretary Briones reacts saying that they should rely on the wisdom of the legislature.

Rep. Roman Romulo remained to his stand that the cash allowance will only be made available to teachers who engage in actual classroom teaching in public basic education as written on the substitute bill.

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