The Department of Education (DepEd) is eyeing to give incentives to teachers and non-teaching personnel who have decided to get their coronavirus disease (COVID-19) jabs.
“Bahagi ng programang ginagawa ngayon ay makabuo tayo ng incentive program para sa mga guro at kawani na nabakunahan na (Part of the program we are doing now is to develop an incentive program for teachers and staff who have been vaccinated),” said DepEd Assistant Secretary Malcolm Garma in a virtual press briefing on Tuesday, Oct. 19.
To confirm the commitment of DepEd for the incentivization of vaccination,Garma said that Education Secretary Leonor Briones instructed for the creation of a committee headed by Undersecretary for Finance Anne Sevilla “to really look into either monetary and non-monetary incentive packages for our teachers.”
As of Oct. 8, DepEd said that 588,561 or 56.73 percent of teaching and non-teaching personnel either received their first dose or already completed their immunization shots against COVID-19 from their local government units (LGUs).
Briones noted that there are so many sectors interested in giving incentives to teachers and staff of DepEd.
“Our sector is very fortunate because people love our teachers,” Briones said.
Right now, Briones said that there are already many incentives for teachers. “Kung magbigay tayo ng rewards, magbigay tayo sa lahat. Planuhin natin yan ng husto (If we give rewards, we give it to everyone. Let’s plan this carefully),” she added.
To ensure the safety of everyone once the pilot face-to-face classes in low risk areas start on Nov. 15, DepEd Planning Services Director Roger Masapol said that “all teachers and school personnel involved in the pilot must be vaccinated.”