Seven former overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have become full-time teachers with the help of the government’s reintegration program targeting OFWs 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, the seven OFWs were granted with Teacher I permanent positions by the Department of Education (DepEd) and are now assigned in various public schools in the region. He is calling all other OFWs who are licensed teacher passers to go back home because the country needs teachers.
DOLE’s Web site stated that 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.
An entry-level Teacher 1 earns a monthly salary of P19,077 under the 2016 Salary Standardization Law, which includes a personal emergency relief allowance of P2,000. They also receive 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.
Other benefits of a public school teacher include a one-step increment pay for every three years of satisfactory performance; hardship allowance equivalent to 15- to 25% of basic pay if they are assigned in hardship posts and if they are a mobile teacher or multi-grade teacher. They could also receive honoraria for teaching overload, though subject for fund availability.