Congress allocates P800 million as special allowance for the public school teachers under the proposed 2019 P3.757-trillion national budget.

Senator Loren Legarda, chairwoman of the bicameral conference panel of the Upper House, said Saturday that this will be on top of the increase in the chalk allowance for teachers for so long time.

Legarda stressed that the said the special allowance would be given accordingly at P1,000 per teacher, during the year’s World Teachers’ Day celebration on October 5, as an incentive or honorarium.

“We cannot overemphasize the importance of our teachers. They are our unsung heroes who dedicate their lives to mold the minds of the Filipino youth. They also do other duties for our country by assisting during the elections and aid the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in gathering data from households across the country,” she said.

“We must advance the social, economic, and professional status of our teachers, who face day-to-day challenges in our education system. It is only fair that the men and women behind our successes receive the benefits and incentives they deserve,” she added.

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The chalk allowance of teachers was raised from P1,000 to P1,500 in 2015, and boosted to P2,500 and P3,500 from 2017 to 2018.

Such chalk allowance has been of great support to the teachers because it lessens classroom expenses.

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