The Department of Education (DepEd) has sought the Senate’s help in restoring incentives for teachers that were cancelled in the proposed P4.506-trillion national budget for 2021.
During a Senate committee on basic education, arts and culture hearing, Education Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla said the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) removed the P1,000 World Teachers’ Day incentive given to teachers as well as the P500 annual medical examination benefit for them.
“These two benefits are not anymore existing in the 2021 NEP (national expenditure program). This was not considered by the DBM for our 2021 budget,” Sevilla told the committee, chaired by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, Wednesday.
“I think the reason why the DBM was not able to consider this in the 2021 NEP (national expenditure program) is the reason these are congressional initiatives. So we would be needing your support again, your honor,” she said.
The total of these allocations, according to Sevilla, is P1.5-billion. She said the DepEd has been giving these benefits for two years already starting in the 2019 General Appropriations Act and in the 2020 GAA.
The benefits for this year, she said, would be given to eligible teachers for this month until October.
According to Sevilla, the DepEd initially requested for a P1.1-trillion budget from the DBM for 2021 but the agency only granted them P605-billion budget.
Nevertheless, next to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), DepEd is the second government agency given a higher budget among other agencies.
But DepEd’s assistance subsidies dropped from P36.6-billion in 2020 to P26.3-billion in 2021.