A congressional leader on Monday urged the House of Representatives to include financial aid for private school teachers and personnel in the planned Bayanihan 2 or We Recover as One Law.
“We should have one-time assistance for employees in private schools who, like most of our workers, have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of these employees have been without jobs and income as well,” Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero said.
Romero, who represents party-list group 1-Pacman, said private school personnel should receive financial assistance like low-income families which were granted P5,000 to P8,000 under the Bayanihan 1 or We Heal as One Act the legislature passed in March days after the coronavirus outbreak.
“We can categorize them as low-income and include the same amount of aid for them in Bayanihan 2, depending on the regions where they are located,” he said.
He pointed out that private school teachers would continue to be without income until classes open in August. The House leader noted that in the case of the more than 700,000
personnel of public schools, they continued to receive salaries during the pandemic.
He said private school employees who already received P5,000 to P8,000 under Bayanihan 1 would no longer get additional assistance if Congress includes such aid in Bayanihan 2.
Romero said that the Department of Labor and Employment and private schools should be able to identify potential beneficiaries.
“Our workers in the private education system need our help. Like most of our people, they too are suffering from this pandemic,” he said.