By Erma Edera
Retired teachers and principals in the nation’s capital who were unable to receive their P500 monthly allowance in 2017 and 2018 will finally get what is due them retroactively, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno assured.
Moreno said he signed over the weekend the budget for the retired teachers after he learned their problem from netizens who directed their complaint to him.
“They are very busy attending to checks and yet those who are trying to mold, guide, or educate their children for the next generation and who rendered service all their life are being neglected,” Moreno said.
The mayor said he already directed city treasurer Jasmin Talegon to start processing the necessary documents so that the retired teachers and principals from the city’s public schools can get their allowances.
He also thanked the public for informing him about the matter. He, however, also expressed disgust as the small amount of money was denied to the retired teachers and principals.
Moreno said that before he assumed office, the previous administration signed ₱2.6 billion in contracts in just 30 days.
“I’ve been receiving messages from netizens na ‘yung nanay ko, retired di nakakuha ng (that my mother retired without getting her) pension since 2018.’ ‘Yung anak ang sakit ng pakiramdam (The child feels bad about it). ‘Yung iba me portion pa na 2017 pa (Some are portion of the allowance in 2017). These are things of the past. What is important is today and the future. Last Saturday, I signed documents to enable the retirees to claim [their allowances] retroactively,” Moreno said.
“I just feel bad for them. Someday, magre-retire kayo alam ko most of you aasa lang sa pension sa haba ng trabaho n’yo (Someday, you will retire and I know you will depend on your pension). Don’t worry, as long as I am the mayor, walang ma-agrabyado sa inyo (no one will be shortchanged). I will always give what is due you,” he added.