Public school teachers to get P1,000 each for World Teachers' Day

The Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Tuesday, August 10, that public school teachers will receive P1,000 each for World Teachers' Day in October.

"With the ongoing preparations for School Year 2021-2022, we are grateful to our 900,000-strong teachers who have displayed their unwavering passion to serve and educate the Filipino youth," the DepEd said in a statement.

The DepEd said guidelines on granting the said incentive will be issued soon. The celebration of World Teachers' Day falls on October 5.

When classes opened last year via distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers from public schools took it upon themselves to launch donation drives to raise funds for bond paper and printers for the reproduction of learning modules.

While schools have a budget allocation for the shift to distance learning, teachers said this budget could be easily depleted due to the sheer number of modules that need to be printed. 

Classes for school year 2021-2022 will start on September 13. Due to the continuing threat of the pandemic, schools in the country will again use the distance learning system – a mix of online classes and printed learning modules – following the President's directive to suspend face-to-face classes until a COVID-19 vaccine becomes widely available.

Distance learning had been widely criticized as the Philippines appeared unprepared for it.

The DepEd had said that it was preparing for "the delivery of quality education no matter what the circumstances will be in the coming months." –

Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.