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OFW-teachers receive cash aid for teaching kits

Cebu City, Philippines. Around nineteen (19) OFW-teachers recently received Php20,000.00 each from the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) amounting to Php380,000.00 for their teaching kits.

The amount is part of the assistance package granted to the beneficiaries of the Sa Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir (SPIMS), who acquired a Teacher 1 Plantilla position at the Department of Education (DepEd).

Under the program, each beneficiary will receive teaching kits and other instructional materials from the NRCO. But according to NRCO-7 Regional Coordinator Dexter F. Plaro, cheques worth of Php20,000.00 are being issued to beneficiaries instead due to the pandemic. “We purposely do this pursuant to Proclamation No. 929, declaring a state of calamity throughout the country,” he said.

The NRCO, he added, will monitor the beneficiaries to ensure that the grant will be used for its intended purpose.

Four (4) beneficiaries hailed from Cebu City; two (2) from Talisay City; one (1) from Mandaue City; two (2) from Lapulapu City; three (3) from Toledo City; and seven (7) from other municipalities in the Province of Cebu.

In 2020, the NRCO-7 provided teaching kits to some 55 OFW-teachers shelling out a total of Php1,100,000.00 for their teaching kits.

“What we did last year at the height of the pandemic was we transferred the Php20,000 to each of the beneficiaries’ personal bank accounts. There was no awarding ceremonies conducted due to the restrictions and quarantine protocols that we had to abide by,” added Paro.

Last week, Paro, together with OWWA OIC-Regional Director Mae D. Codilla and DepEd-7 Regional Director Salustiano Jimenez released the cheques to the SPIMS beneficiaries. Also in attendance were representatives of the DepEd Divisions of Talisay City, Mandaue City, Lapulapu City and Cebu Province.

DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, for her part, congratulated the new SPIMS beneficiaries saying that the implementation of the program is the government’s gesture of demonstrating its earnest intention of providing gainful employment to OFW-teachers that will help reintegrate them back to the community.

“Congratulations to our new public school teachers! Please know that the government through the NRCO, OWWA, DOLE and other partner-agencies, recognize your hardships and sacrifices by providing you gainful employment in the country. We do hope that the financial assistance extended to you for your teaching kits will help you brightly kick start your teaching profession in the public schools,” said Director Siaton.

The SPIMS is an employment reintegration program of the Department of Labor and Employment through the OWWA-NRCO, in collaboration with the DepEd and the Philippine Normal University (PNU).

Queries and clarifications on SPIMS could be coursed through ro7.nrco@yahoo.com and 0916-317-1121.

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza

 

For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-27292 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

 

 

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2021-01-27
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