The Department of Education (DepEd) reminded public school teachers and its personnel that they could avail of a 5-day special emergency leave in case of calamities.
The DepEd in an office memorandum issued earlier this month, reiterated that teachers and other DepEd personnel directly affected by calamities can avail of a 5-day special emergency leave. The said leaves would not be deducted from their leave or service credits.
The reminder comes following the devastation left by a series of typhoons last month that prompted the suspension of classes in several areas.
Workers employed via job order or contract of service arrangements are also entitled to avail of the special emergency leave, the DepEd said.
To apply for a special emergency leave, workers need to file their application within 30 days from the time that they were hit by a calamity. Availment of such leaves should meet the requirements set by the Civil Service Commission, the Deped said.
Online filing for the special emergency leave is also allowed.
“We are also committed to expedite the process of benefits for our staff and will facilitate smoother coordination with corresponding agencies,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said in a statement.
“Isa na rito ang patuloy na pagpapaabot natin ng suporta and relief operations sa ating affected teachers and learners and to our typhoon-hit schools,” she added.
The Deped, according to Briones, is also offering psychosocial support and mental healthcare services to teachers and its other personnel.
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