Ahead of school opening, DepEd orders early release of teachers’ cash allowance

Published June 21, 2021, 5:29 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Recognizing the contribution of teachers in the delivery of education to Filipino learners, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday, June 21, confirmed that the early release of cash allowance for eligible teachers has been approved.

DepEd Undersecretary for Finance Annalyn Sevilla announces the early release of teachers’ cash allowance during a virtual press conference on June 21, 2021. (Screenshot from DepEd Philippines / FB)

Undersecretary for Finance Annalyn Sevilla, during the virtual press conference for the 123rd founding anniversary of DepEd on Monday, June 21, said that Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones has ordered the early release and payment of the P5,000 cash allowance for teachers ahead of the start of School Year (SY) 2021-2022.

Citing Joint Circular No. 2, s. 2021 of DepEd and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Sevilla noted that the Education Secretary is authorized to determine an earlier schedule of the release of the cash allowance.

She also noted that the cash allowance increased from P3,500 in the previous years to P5,000 this year.

In a memorandum issued by Sevilla and Assistant Secretary for Finance Ramon Fiel Abcede on June 15, it was noted that Briones approved the release of the cash allowance starting June 15, 2021, ahead of the still to be determined school opening of SY 2021-2022.

“As indicated in the budget law for 2021, the P5,000 cash allowance is intended for the purchase of teaching supplies and materials, tangible or intangible; for the conduct of various modes of learning, internet, and other communication expenses; and for their annual medical examination expense,” Sevilla explained.

Sevilla added that the the circular will cover all permanent and provisional public-school teachers, including Alternative Learning System (ALS) Mobile and District ALS Coordinators (DALCS), in all public elementary, junior, and senior high schools, and community learning centers.

Meanwhile, Sevilla clarified that public school teachers with no teaching load, absence without leave, who are on an indefinite leave of absence, maternity leave, study leave, guilty of any offense in connection with their work, and those who no longer in service as of the official start of the school year is not entitled to the grant of the cash allowance.

“However, those who resume their duty after their leave and are assigned with at least one teaching load in SY 2021-2022 will be entitled to cash allowance on a pro-rata basis,” she said.

In a separate statement also issued Monday, Briones said that teachers have consistently shown their immediate support to commitment to deliver quality education amidst the pandemic.

“We want to consistently support them back through all available means while we explore more ways to help them,” she said.

Briones added that the this P5,000 cash allowance this year is only the “start of our support efforts for our teachers in preparation for the upcoming school year.”

With the help of Congress and stakeholders, Briones said that DepEd has “lined up more initiatives to ensure teachers’ welfare.”

Meanwhile, Sevilla also reminded Implementing units that do not have available funds to request cash allocation from their DBM Regional Office counterparts.

DepEd Regional Offices were also “instructed to ensure that the allotment for the allowance will be processed and released to Schools Division Offices immediately.”