Beng replies to teachers’ queries re allowances PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 11:43

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco the other day clarified issues on alleged non-payment of allowances to public school teachers hired by the Department of Education- Division of City Schools since 2013.

Citing the City Budget Office, Mayor Climaco said entitlement to the City’s allowance to teachers is not automatic, as the Division Office will have to make an official request for inclusion of new names in the list of recipients.

She said upon receipt of the request for additional names, the City Government will have to appropriate funds for the purpose following the necessary procedures.

Effective July 2016, the number of teachers entitled to the allowance has been increased by 1,017 based on request of the Division Office. Thus, from the previous 4,816 teachers, the number of teachers entitled to the allowance has been increased to 5,833 teachers, according to Climaco.

On the other hand, the mayor emphasized that the grant of allowance to teachers is discretionary and not mandatory on the part of the City Government.

The local government code specifically under sections 458 (a) (1) (xi) in the grant of allowance to National Government officials/employees, states among others, “when the finances of the city government allows, provides for additional allowances and other benefits to judges, prosecutors, public elementary and high school teachers..” (Underscoring supplied) and Budget Execution Guidelines No. 2004-1 dated January 8, 2004, which provides under section 2.3, “LGUs, at their discretion and not subject to availability of funds, may grant additional allowances to other national officials/employees assigned in their locality.”

From the previous 4,816 teachers, the number of teachers entitled to the allowance has been increased to 5,833 teachers (increased by 1,017) effective July 2016, based on the request and list submitted by the Division Office, according to Climaco.

The additional funding requirement for the allowance was included in the 2016 supplemental budget. At P700 per teacher per month, the total allocation for teachers’ allowance reaches P48.99M a year, P47M of which is taken from the General Fund while the remaining over P1M is taken from the Special Education Fund (SEF).

Starting July 2016, the release of allowance for teachers including police, jail guards, aviation security personnel and other agencies is done through automated teller machine in view of the implementation of the e-Peso project. — Sheila Covarrubias