Poe, Hontiveros want internet allowance, laptops for public school teachers

According to two senators on Thursday, teachers should receive internet allowance and laptops from the Department of Education (DepEd) if blended forms of learning would pursue amid COVID-19 pandemic. 

Senator Grace Poe said public school teachers both in elementary and secondary should have internet allowance for the entire period that virtual classes will be held.

Poe said that a P1, 500 monthly allowance to 857,000 DepEd teachers would cost P12.85 billion for 10 months.

Poe emphasized that the P3, 500 one-time cash allowance would not be enough for teachers expenses under new normal education.

"Kung dati, chalk ang binibili ng ating mga guro, ngayon, load na.  ‘Di hamak na mas mahal ‘yun," she said.

Senator Risa Hontiveros disagreed with the computer loan offered by Government Insurance Service (GSIS) to teachers.

“This is a non-solution that is grossly unfair and impractical. DepEd should find ways to provide for these laptops and allowance for free. Imbes na pautang, dapat libreng suporta. 'Yung mga sundalo ba natin, pinagbabayad ba natin sila para sa baril nila?" she said.

“Huwag nating piliting gumastos ang mga guro para makapagturo. Responsibilidad at gastos dapat ng DepEd ang mga ito," she added.

Hontiveros said that DepEd could tap from local government units’ Special Education Fund to provide internet allowances and laptops to teachers.

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