Teachers asked to contribute money for Palarong Pambansa? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 April 2011 11:41

The Department of Education will look into the reported monetary contribution asked from teachers by school principals as allegedly ordered by DepEd regional office to be used by the delegates, trainers and coaches in the forthcoming Palarong Pambansa which will be held in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte in May.

Some elementary school teachers, who asked not to be indentified, revealed this to newsmen after they were told by their principals and supervisors to produce beddings to be used by the delegates especially for the trainers and coaches.

This complaint has also reached the attention of Zamboanga City Councilor Rodolfo Lim, chairman of the Committee on Education in the City Council and through RMN-Zamboanga. The same was relayed to DepEd Assistant Secretary Tonilito Umali during an interview yesterday morning.
Umali said that as far as DepEd central office is concerned, no order or written directive has been issued relative to the said contribution but “I will look into that.”

“If it is true, this is my first time to hear this kind of activity,” Umali said as he stressed that no monetary contributions should be collected from teachers for a national activity like Palarong Pambansa.

An elementary school from a remote barangay said she was forced to buy new beddings despite the limited budget she for her family.

Though it was not compulsory, but their superiors have kept on reminding them of the deadline of the submission of the items, the teacher said.

The teacher told this reporter the beddings will be returned to them after the conduct of the Palaraong Pambansa.

In a separate interview, Councilor Lim revealed that he himself received the same complaint from teachers.

The councilor from District 1 admitted that this is the first time he heard of such contribution after he was elected into office and became the chairman of the education committee in the Council. Lim is a teacher by profession.

In cases like this, the national government should be the one to provide the necessary funds for the purpose and not through the teachers who only receive minimal salary, Lim stressed.

An DepEd-9 employee denied the reported contribution saying that no written order or verbal instruction was released for the purpose.
Efforts have been exerted to verify the issue from City Schools Division Office under Dr. Dolores Alcantara but to no avail. — Jimmy Villaflores