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DepEd preparing benefit packages for teachers

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The Department of Education (DepEd) announced in a virtual briefing on August 17 that it is preparing different benefit packages for its educators.

The said packages will include an annual physical examination, hazard pay, among other benefits such as an incentive for World Teacher’s Day (WTD) and to cover for COVID-19.

Undersecretary for Finance Annalyn Sevilla noted that the said benefits would be distributed in September, under DepEd’s P400 million benefit. Teachers are also due to receive P1,000 each on WTD on October 5, which is also the same day classes officially open.

Sevilla also said DepEd is in talks with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Employees Compensation Commission, and PhilHealth as a response to the call of various teachers’ groups to provide aid and support for teachers and staff who got infected with COVID-19.

In a press briefing on August 17, DepEd released an official statement that it would be temporarily closing its central office in Pasig City to give way for disinfection and contact tracing. The education bureau said its operations would continue and remain uninterrupted, with all of its staff working from home.