Senate Bill Seeks to Increase ‘Chalk Allowance’ of Teachers

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Senator Ralph Recto authored a bill that seeks to increase the “chalk allowance” of teachers.

According to the senator, chalks are “the ammos our teachers use.”

Senate Bill 812 seeks to increase the “chalk allowance” from a yearly P1,500 to 3,500. Aside from chalk, teachers use this allowance to procure teaching materials including papers, pens, and erasers. Moreover, the P2,000 will allow teachers to buy prepaid load for online research and other electronic supplies like USBs.

Senator Recto cited the Department of Education’s (DepEd) teaching workforce for 2017 is 797,119 so the proposed P3,500 allowance will amount to a total of P2.78 billion.

On the proposed bill, the P1,500 will come from the DepEd budget, while the P2,000 will be from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

Floor debates for the proposed bill began on Wednesday, October 19.

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