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Poe appeals additional internet allowance for teachers

Senator Grace Poe said “internet allowance” is in order amid the implementation of online and distance learning modes planned for the opening of classes this coming August.

To address the matter, Poe filed a proposed resolution that seeks to call on the executive department.

Public school teachers receive a yearly one-time cash allowance of PHP 3,500, previously dubbed the “chalk allowance” to help finance their teaching materials, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).

Poe pointed out the current “chalk allowance” might “not lot be enough” to cover the expenses needed for internet connection, especially while they shift to the new learning system.

She noted that an extra PHP 1,500 Internet allowance for 800,000 public school teachers would cost the government only PHP1.29 billion per month or about “four percent from the US$6.4 billion loan total incurred by the government to support the COVID-19 response efforts.”

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