Tax-free 13th Month Pay, Incentives Raised to 90k by House, Senate

The tax-exemption cap of 13th month pay and other bonuses will be increased to Php 90,000 from Php Php 82,000 as agreed upon by the members of the bicameral conference committee on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill. The said proposal will be finalized once the House and Senate have approved the bicam version of the measure,...

Former Teacher Now Lives as A Scavenger After Retirement

We imagine teachers living a good life after retirement. Some spend their time travelling or enjoying the fruit of their labor. However, one teacher from Cebu City chose to continue working as a scavenger after his career in education. Emmanuel Briones, 75 years old, or ‘Sir Maning’ to those who know him was once a math teacher in different public schools...

#WalangPasok: Special Declared Holiday in Selected Areas on Dec 5, 8, 11 and 19 2017

Selected areas in the Philippines have declared special non-working holidays on certain dates on December 2018. These proclamations are in lieu of celebration of local events. Malacañang declared that President Rodrigo Duterte proclaimed the local holidays through Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea. Here is the list of proclamations and corresponding areas and dates that declared local holidays. Take note that along with...

MMDA, LTFRB to Deploy Buses, Private and Gov Vehicles in Lieu of Transport Strike

On December 4 and 5, transport groups will have another nationwide strike in protest of the pending PUV modernization. The said announcement has prompted some local government unit to declare class suspension on the said date. To help commuters who will be affected by the said transport strike, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will offer free bus rides. Staging areas...

DepEd Reminds Teachers to Maximize Use of MOOE

It is a common knowledge that public school teachers cannot avoid paying some expenses or buying other necessities in order to make the delivery of education as smooth as possible. Education Secretary Leonor Briones urged all teachers to report expenses shelled out from their own personal money that should have been covered by the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOEE). “You...

#WalangPasok: Class Suspension on December 4, 2017

Transport groups have set to conduct another strike on Monday and Tuesday, December 4 and 5 prompting some cities to suspend classes. Pinagkaisahang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) and the No To Jeepney Phaseout Coalition (NTJPC) will hold their 4th nationwide strike this year to protest the impending phaseout of old jeepneys in January 2018. The Department of...

Displaced Higher Education Institution Personnel to Get More Financial Aid from DOLE

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) offers relief measures to higher education institutions (HEI) personnel displaced due to the K to 12 program of the Department of Education. The Adjustment Measure Program (AMP) aims to provide assistance and intervention to said employees to enhance their employability and competitiveness. Teaching and non-teaching HEI personnel affected during the K to 12...

Briones Defends DepEd Over Huge Teachers’ Loans

Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones called out teacher organizations which put the blame on the government agency for the billions of unpaid loans. Briones addressed concerns that teachers will have none left of their bonuses since it will end up as payment for existing loans. She said it all goes down to how the teachers manage their debts. “Why are...

Former DepEd Officials Face Raps for Allegedly Amassing P6-M Public Funds

Ex-officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) are facing malversation and graft charges before the Sandiganbayan after the Office of the Ombudsman found probable cause to hold them accountable for amassing up to Php6 million in public funds. Jesus Nieves and Marilou Tolosa, former officials of DepEd Regional Office IX in Pagadian City faces charges for violating Section3(e) of RA...

Landbank, GSIS told to Refinance Public School Teachers’ Loans

The Department of Finance has ordered the LandBank of the Philippines and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to work out an easy-to-pay, low-interest refinancing program for public school teachers so they could pay-off debts from private lenders. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said that this would enable teachers be free from exorbitant borrowing rates. “The teachers pay less, earn...