Gov't reintegration program turns 7 ex-OFWs into full-time teachers
Seven former overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were the latest beneficiaries of the government's reintegration program targeting overseas workers who want to return to the country for good.
According to Director Raymundo Agravante of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Northern Mindanao, these seven former OFWs were granted with Teacher I permanent plantilla positions by the Department of Education (DepEd) and are now assigned in various public schools in the region.
"This event signifies a positive impact towards our nation and we are calling all other OFWs who are licensure examination for teacher passers to go back home and serve our own countrymen because we need you," said Agravante.
A statement on DOLE's website said all program beneficiaries were provided with teaching kits amounting to P10,000 which include computer tablets, voice aide lapel, head worn microphones, 32GB SD cards, reference materials and sets of writing materials, to aid them in performing their duties.
The salary of a public school teacher under the 2016 Salary Standardization Law (Teacher 1, entry level, Salary Grade 11, Step 1) in the Philippines is P19, 077 per month, including a personal emergency relief allowance of P2, 000.
A teacher also receives a yearly benefit of clothing/uniform allowance of P5,000; a year-end bonus equivalent to one-month basic pay; a cash gift of P5,000 performance bonus based on school performance; a productivity incentive of P5,000; proportional vacation pay up to 70 days; 14 days Christmas vacation with pay; and a chalk allowance of P1,000.
A public school teacher also receives other benefits and incentives, such as one-step increment pay for every three years of satisfactory performance; hardship allowance equivalent to 15 to 25 percent of basic pay if he/she is assigned in hardship posts and if he/she is a mobile teacher or multi-grade teacher. He/she could also receive honoraria for teaching overload but is subject for fund availability.
"Sa ngayon ay nakauwi na po ako ng Pilipinas na may bagong pag-asa, at sa wakas ay nagamit ko ang pinag-aralan ko. Ito talaga ang gustong-gusto kong gawin na ‘di ko magawa dati," said Miluz Bravo, a former household service worker in Hongkong who is now assigned at the Lumbia Central School in Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro.
Aside from Bravo, other beneficiaries are Victor S. Rosales (assigned in Dalipuga National High School - Iligan City); Romeo R. Pardillo (Dalipuga National High School – Tubod, Lanao del Norte); Laraine E. Rubin (Canayan Elementary School – Lantapan, Bukidnon); Reina D. Boncales (Balila Elementary School – Lantapan, Bukidnon); Hermenegilda C. Amerol (ICENHS – Iligan City); and Peter C. Agustino (Dalipug – Iligan City). —KBK, GMA News